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Lori Hamilton, Wife of NASCAR Legend Bobby Hamilton, Urges Public to Attend Free Cancer Screenings During Oral, Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Week (OHANCAW)
Date:4/8/2009

Day, MD, President of the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance (HNCA - formerly the Yul Brynner Head and Neck Cancer Foundation). "However, many Americans do not recognize the symptoms of these cancers, which reinforces the importance of getting screened properly, and not just for those who are at high risk such as tobacco and alcohol users."

Oropharyngeal cancer -- cancer of the tonsil or base of the tongue -- is on the rise in populations normally considered to be at low risk, including young adults who don't smoke. Researchers have attributed this development partly to the increase of the cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, which can be transmitted by oral sex. Writing in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, researchers from the National Cancer Institute and the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions concluded that potentially HPV-related oropharyngeal cancers increased in the U.S. from 1973 to 2004, perhaps as a result of changing sexual behaviors.

For more information about OHANCAW, the free screenings and other activities, visit www.OHANCAW.com.

About Oral, Head & Neck Cancer

Oral, head & neck cancer (OHNC) refers to a variety of cancers that develop in the head and neck region, such as: the oral cavity (mouth); the pharynx (throat); paranasal sinuses and nasal cavity; the larynx (voice box); thyroid and salivary glands; the skin of the face and neck; and the lymph nodes in the neck.

Common warning signs of OHNC are:

  • Red or white patch in the mouth that lasts more than two weeks
  • Change in voice or hoarseness that lasts more than two weeks
  • Sore throat that does not subside
  • Pain or swelling in the mouth or neck that does not subside
  • Lump in the neck

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