GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - The statistics are frightening.
According to the American Cancer Society about 36,000 people will get oral cavity or oropharyngeal cancer. An estimated 6,850 people will die of these cancers.
These cancers are more than twice as common in men as in women. They are about equally common in blacks and in whites.
Dr. Kristin Gendron of Midwest Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists joined KARE 11 News at 11 to talk about the risks and symptoms of head, neck and oral cancer.
Oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancers occur most often in the following sites:
- The tongue
- The tonsils and oropharynx
- The gums, floor of the mouth, and other parts of the mouth
- The rest are found in the lips, the minor salivary glands (which often occur in the roof of the mouth), and other sites.
The average age of most people diagnosed with these cancers is 62, but they can occur in young people. They are rare in children, but a little more than one-quarter occur in patients younger than 55.
To answer some questions, Midwest Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists are offereing a free Oral, Head & Neck Cancer screening on Thursday, May 2nd. The hours are 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will be held at the Nasseff Specialty Center in St. Paul.
St. Paul Clinic-
The Nasseff Specialty Center
225 North Smith Ave
St. Paul, MN 55102
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