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RMC to offer free cancer screening

Published 3:43pm Monday, July 29, 2013

Head and neck cancers affected approximately 52,000 men and women in 2012 and accounted for about 3 percent of all cancers diagnosed in the United States, according to the National Cancer Institute.

Next Tuesday, citizens can get a free examination to make sure they aren’t among those affected by these cancers.

Dr. Tony McLeod, of Southern Head and Neck Surgery Allergy and Sinus Center, will be hosting a free mouth, neck and throat cancer screenings from 1-4 p.m.

“We are very fortunate that Dr. McLeod has been our partner in conducting these screenings for more than 10 years,” said Susan Foy, director of marketing for Russell Medical Center.

McLeod has worked at RMC since 1996 and is also the director of the sleep disorder center.

“This is certainly recommended for people that have smoked or chewed tobacco,” Foy said, adding that these habits increase ones risk of developing such cancers. “Also, dentists usually check for these cancers during regular screenings, so this would be a good opportunity for those who aren’t already on a yearly dental checkup regiment.”

Patients will be seen in the Total Fitness at RMC physical therapy area, Foy said.

“People should come in the Total Fitness entryway and will need to fill out some paperwork before the screening,” Foy said. “The actual exam only takes a few minutes. He uses a tongue depressor, looks at the gums, tongue, out and then feels for nodules on the neck.”

Foy said the event usually sees about 100 or more patrons, and this year she said the time has been extended by one hour.

“Patients should have no problem getting in and out in an expeditious fashion,” Foy said. “If Dr. McLeod sees something he feels needs an office observation, he can make appointments right here.”

Information can also be shared with the patient’s primary care physician.

No registration is required. For more information, call Jessica Sanford at 256-329-7145.