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April 2, 2015 Volume 36, No. 25

Ellis Fischel offering free cancer screenings April 10

Screenings are for head, neck, oral and thyroid cancers

Ellis Fischel Cancer Center will offer free head, neck, oral or thyroid cancer screenings for men and women ages 18 and older from 1 to 4 p.m. April 10 on the cancer center’s second floor at One Hospital Drive.

Reservations are required and can be made by emailing Pam Garfias at or calling (573) 882-4289.

“I would encourage every adult — especially tobacco users — to take advantage of the free screening,” said Dr. Robert Zitsch, chair of the Department of Otolaryngology and a head and neck surgical oncologist. “It’s a decision that could ultimately save your life.”

 Signs and symptoms include: 

  • Mouth sore that doesn’t heal or increases in size
  • Persistent pain in mouth or jaw
  • Lumps or white, red or dark patches in mouth
  • Thickening of inside of cheek interior
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing or moving tongue
  • Swelling of or pain in jaw
  • Soreness in throat
  • Pain in gums or loosening of teethNumbness of tongue
  • Voice changes
  • Lump on neck