POSTED: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 1:15pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 1:19pm
Baton Rouge, La — In observation of Oral, Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Month, Our Lady of the Lake will be holding a free oral cancer screening today.
The screening will take place from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, located at 4950 Essen Lane, Head & Neck Center (4th floor).
A physician will check face, neck, lips and entire mouth to see if there are any signs.
The risk of oral cancer increases with age, and most oral cancers occur after age 35. They are usually linked to cigarette smoking, chewing tobacco, and/or heavy alcohol use.
However, the fastest growing segment of oral cancer patients is young, healthy, nonsmoking individuals due to the connection to the HPV virus.
An appointment is required. You can make on by calling either (225) 215-1234 or toll-free (888) 616-4687.