Dr. WeinstockThe Department of Otorhinolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery offers a free cancer screening clinic April 17 in observance of Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week, sponsored by the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance, formerly known as the Yul Brynner Head and Neck Cancer Foundation.

“Oral, head and neck cancers claim approximately 13,000 lives each year,” said Dr. Ron Karni, assistant professor in the department. “If diagnosed early, these cancers can be more easily treated without significant complications, and chances of survival greatly increase.”

Oral cancer cases are on the rise in younger adults, due in part to the prevalence of the human papillomavirus (HPV).

“HPV-related oral, head and neck cancers are more difficult to detect because these cancers occur on the back of the tongue or on the tonsils, underscoring the importance of screening,” said Dr. Etan Weinstock, who with Karni screened 62 patients as part of the annual event last year.

The clinic will be conducted on a walk-in basis 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza, Suite 2700. Call 713.222.CARE (2273) for more information.