Did you know? April is Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Month!
According to the National Cancer Institute, head and neck cancers account for nearly 4 percent of all cancers in the United States. Head and neck cancer is a group of cancers that begin in the squamous cells lining the mucosal surfaces inside the mouth, nose, throat, and occasionally, the salivary glands. These squamous cell cancers are referred to as squamous cell carcinomas of the head and neck.
What Are The Goals Of Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Month?
- During Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Month, a critical goal is to raise awareness of oral, head, and neck cancer among the general population and medical professionals.
- Another is to bring people together to show support; one of the best tools we have to fight health conditions is the power of human connection. That’s why health awareness months, weeks, and days are essential.
- Educational and fundraising events are often held during these times, creating positivity and empowerment for those living with health conditions and their loved ones.
What Are The Most Important Things To Know About Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer?
- Some risk factors for oral, head, and neck cancer include:
- Eating preserved or salted foods.
- Poor oral hygiene and missing teeth.
- Occupational exposure to wood dust, asbestos, and synthetic fibers.
- Radiation exposure.
- Epstein-Barr virus infection.
- Tobacco use.
- Human papillomavirus (HPV).
- People should be encouraged to check with a doctor or dentist if they discover a lump or wound that doesn’t heal, a sore throat that won’t go away, if swallowing becomes difficult, or their voice changes. Overall, oral, head, and neck cancers – those in the larynx, throat, lips, mouth, nose, and salivary glands – account for nearly 4% of all cancers in the United States.
- Head and neck cancers are more than twice as common among men than women and diagnosed among people over age 50 more often than those younger.
In Honor of Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month, we are offering $25 off select courses used the code HNC2022. This offer applies to the following courses:
- The Evolving Swallow: Managing the Effects of Surgery, Chemo, and Radiation
- The ARK-J Program Trismus Intervention Self-Study Course
Here at Carolina Speech Pathology, we are patient-centric. We ensure that our evaluations are as convenient as possible for those who have received treatment or are undergoing oral, head, and neck cancer treatment by coming to their location and not using radiation. Patients can also consume regular food and drink during the study.
Carolina Speech Pathology’s innovative FEES (Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing) ensures that patients are correctly diagnosed to receive individualized care, reduce hospitalizations, and experience a better quality of life.
We strive to support our customers and their patients by providing various resources related to FEES. On our resources webpage, you can access journal citations, websites, recorded webinars, and more.
As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to us by email or phone:
- 877-390-1887 (o)
- 919-342-4613 (f)