Canton, Ohio: Mercy Dental Services and Mercy Cancer Center are co-sponsoring free oral cancer screenings from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 16 at Mercy Dental Services. Oral cancer starts in the mouth (oral cavity), and oropharyngeal cancer develops in the throat. Mercy dental professionals will perform the exam and may use the VELscope system to help visualize abnormalities in high-risk patients. VELscope is an FDA approved non-invasive, hand-held device that uses fluorescence visualization technology to enhance the contrast between normal and abnormal tissue.
Pre-registration is required. To schedule a free oral cancer screening, call Mercy Healthcare Connection at 330-489-1333 or 800-223-8662.
Over 25,000 new cases of oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancer are expected to be diagnosed in the United States this year, according to the American Cancer Society. The most common symptom is a sore in the mouth that does not heal. Pain in the mouth that does not go away is another common symptom. Early detection improves chances for successful treatment and saves lives.
About Mercy Dental Services
Accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA), Mercy Dental Services is committed to the hospital’s century-long mission of providing quality, compassionate, accessible and affordable care for the whole person. Established in 2007, Mercy’s dental center provides a broad range of preventative, cosmetic and restorative dental services for the whole family. For more information, call 330-471-5950 or visit cantonmercy.org.
About Mercy Cancer Center
Mercy Cancer Center has been accredited since 1986 as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons. In 2008 CoC awarded Mercy Cancer Center the Outstanding Achievement Award for excellence in cancer care. Mercy is the only area hospital–and one of just 95 facilities nationwide–to earn the award, along with the CoC’s three-year re-accreditation with commendation. Fewer than 20 percent of cancer programs in the United States attain this superior recognition. Mercy Cancer Center offers state-of-the-art diagnostics and surgical facilities, innovative treatments with chemotherapy and radiation, national cancer research trials, a complementary medicine program, support services, and the latest in cancer information.
About Mercy Medical Center
Mercy Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 620 members on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carrollton, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community. For more information, see cantonmercy.org.
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