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Cancer screening program expands

It’s April everyone!  And that means that it’s Head and Neck Awareness month.  Once again Gibson Cancer Center is teaming up with the Yul Brynner Head and Neck Cancer Foundation to offer free screenings for head and neck cancer.  The Yul Brynner Foundation was created by the late actor after an abnormality was found on his vocal chord in the 1980s. With the combined vision of Yul Brynner and the knowledge and experience of Dr. George Sisson, the Yul Brynner Foundation was incorporated in Chicago in 1984 for the purpose of educating the public about the harmful effects of tobacco and its relationship to mouth and throat cancer.

This will be our 3rd year of offering screenings and we are expanding our reach!  Our tried and true champion, Dr. Christopher Karshner, a native of St. Pauls, has been our go-to dentist for this event for the last two years and we couldn’t have done it without him and his dedicated, professional staff at Gane and Karshner Family dentistry.  But they had so much fun with it, that we have new and exciting partnerships eager to join us this year as well.  Screening will also be held at the Gibson Cancer Center, in partnership with ECU School of Dentistry, and Dr. Colin Osborne’s office as well.  In this way, we can offer more days and times to schedule these free screenings.  Most people are screened when they visit their dentist’s office.

WHAT IS THE ORAL, HEAD AND CANCER AWARENESS (OHANCA) PROGRAM?

This program provides free screenings for oral, head and neck cancers in hundreds of locations throughout the US and abroad.  In 2015, they screened 14,624 people in 25 countries around the world: 290 in the US and 44 International.  

WHAT ARE CANCERS OF THE HEAD AND NECK?

Cancers that are known collectively as head and neck cancers usually begin in the squamous cells that line the moist, mucosal surfaces inside the head and neck (for example, inside the mouth, the nose, and the throat). These squamous cell cancers are often referred to as squamous cell carcinomas of the head and neck. Cancers of the head and neck are further categorized by the area of the head or neck in which they begin. These areas are described below and labeled in the image of head and neck cancer regions.

Cancers of the brain, the eye, the esophagus, and the thyroid gland, as well as those of the scalp, skin, muscles, and bones of the head and neck, are not usually classified as head and neck cancers.(www.cancer.go)The screening will be held on the following dates, times and locations. For more information or to pre-register, call (910) 671-5762.

  • Wednesday, April 20, Noon to 4 pm, Gibson Cancer Center, 1200 Pine Run Drive, Lumberton
  • Thursday, April 21, 12:30-3:30 pm, Gane and Karshner Family Dentistry, 4309 Ludgate Street, Lumberton
  • Tuesday, April 26, 1:30-3:30 pm, Colin P. Osbourne III Dentist, 407 West 27th Street, Lumberton

Catherine Gaines is a physician assistant and patient navigator for Gibson Cancer Center, an affiliate of Southeastern Health. She can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
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