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Centegra to offer free oral, head and neck cancer screenings

February 24, 2017
Centegra Health System will offer free screenings for oral, head and neck cancer from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 1 at the Centegra Sage Cancer Center, 4305 Medical Center Drive in McHenry.
Space is limited and registration is required. Register by calling 877-CENTEGRA (877-236-8347).
During the screenings, Dr. Mobeen Shirazi, otolaryngologist and independent physician on staff at Centegra Health System, will provide a thorough exam of the mouth, oral cavity, head and neck area to detect any precancerous lesions or problems. Although this screening does not take the place of an annual exam by a personal physician, it is a valuable tool for recognizing conditions that could become serious.
These screenings are made possible through Centegra Health System’s partnership with Gavers Community Cancer Foundation.
According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, head and neck cancers account for about 3 to 5 percent of all cancers in the United States. This year, an estimated 61,760 people (45,330 men and 16,430 women) will develop head and neck cancers. It is estimated that 13,190 deaths (9,800 men and 3,390 women) will occur.
The Society also reports the following:
• Smoking cigarettes, cigars or pipes or using chewing tobacco or snuff are the single largest risk factors for head and neck cancer. Eighty-five percent of head and neck cancer is linked to tobacco use. Secondhand smoke may also increase a person’s risk of head and neck cancer.
• Research indicates that infection with Human papilomavirus (HPV) is a risk factor for head and neck cancer. HPV is most commonly passed from person to person during sexual activity. There are different types of HPV and some are more strongly associated with certain cancers. HPV vaccines protect against certain strains of the virus.
Centegra Hospital-McHenry is recognized as having one of the few cancer programs in the state to receive accreditation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC). This distinction acknowledges the comprehensive, quality cancer services Centegra provides.
Centegra Health System is committed to meeting the health care needs of the residents of greater McHenry County and to making services available in multiple and convenient locations, including hospitals in Huntley, McHenry and Woodstock, immediate and physician care centers, Centegra Sage Cancer Center, and Centegra Health Bridge Fitness Centers.
As the region’s leading health care provider, Centegra Health System continues to bring the latest treatments and technology, along with the skills of more than 4,300 associates, to meet the needs of the growing McHenry County community. For more information about Centegra Health System visit centegra.org, search Centegra Health System on Facebook and Twitter or call 877-CENTEGRA (877-236-8347).
Kari Gippert

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