April 19: John B. Amos Cancer Center to offer free head, neck and oral cancer screenings

April 8, 2013 

The John B. Amos Cancer Center, part of the Columbus Regional Healthcare System, is offering free head, neck and oral cancer screenings on Friday, April 19. The screenings will be at the Columbus Regional Conference Center at The Medical Center from noon to 4 p.m. The public is invited; appointments are not necessary.

According to the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance, a new case of oral, head and neck cancer is diagnosed every ten minutes, and someone dies from this disease every forty-five minutes. More than half of all of these cancers are very advanced by the time the patient visits a doctor. These free screenings will help residents identify areas of concern and medically trained staff will make follow-up recommendations. There will be no diagnosis given at the time of the screening.

The John B. Amos Cancer Center, a part of Columbus Regional Healthcare System, is the leading cancer treatment facility in Southwest Georgia, offering outpatient medical and radiation oncology, infusion therapy, an oncology pharmacy, and support services for patients and their families. The center reported more than 2,500 new patients during last fiscal year (July 2011-June 2012). There were more than 70,000 total patient visits. The center recorded more than 25,000 patient visits in Medical Oncology, nearly 17,000 in Infusion and more than 26,000 in Radiation Oncology.

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