PeaceHealth offers free screenings for oral, head and neck cancers


BELLINGHAM - PeaceHealth St. Joseph Cancer Center will offer free screenings for oral, head and neck cancer on Saturday, April 12.

The screening will be open to the first 50 people to register for the event, which is 9 to 11 a.m. at the Cancer Center, 3301 Squalicum Parkway.

Doctors will do a 10-minute, painless screening.

About 13,200 people die each year from oral, head and neck cancer, and people who use tobacco and alcohol have traditionally been at greatest risk.

But oral cancer is on the rise in younger adults who do not smoke.

Recent research indicates this could be due partly to the increase of the human papillomavirus (HPV) virus - a cancer-causing infection that can be transmitted orally, according to a PeaceHealth news release.

Registration is required. Reserve a time by calling the Cancer Center at 360-788-8226.

Reach Kie Relyea at 360-715-2234 or .

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