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Free Oral Cancer Screening


Laughlin Memorial Hospital Cancer Care Program and Greeneville Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists are proud to participate in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout during the month of November.  As leaders in promoting health and wellness, we encourage healthcare teams and the entire community to commit or recommit to healthy, tobacco-free lives year round. 


Photo: (left to right) John C. Boys, MD, FACRO  Medical Director, Laughlin Radiation Oncology and
Susan P. Abernathy, D.O., Certified, American Board of Otolaryngology, Greeneville Ear Nose and Throat Specialists.


According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, “studies indicate that there is a definitive link between the use of tobacco products and the development of oral cancer. When tobacco and alcohol use are combined, the risk of oral cancer increases 15 times more than non-users of tobacco and alcohol products.” In support of the Great American Smokeout, Greeneville Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists will conduct a Free Oral Cancer Screening on Thursday, November 9, 2017 (appointment required). 

Click HERE to view the flyer for screening event details.
 

The most important thing smokers can do to improve their health is to quit cigarettes and other forms of combustible tobacco.  We are showing our support for people who take those first steps toward making a plan to quit.

Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States.  About half of all Americans who keep smoking will die because of the habit.  Each year more than 480,000 in the United States die from illnesses related to tobacco use.  This means smoking causes about 1 out of 5 deaths in the U.S. annually.

Yet, because tobacco is one of the strongest addictions one can have, about 40 million American adults still smoke.  Doctors and public health officials used to encourage smokers to quit cold turkey on a single day.  Today, the evidence shows that quitting is a process.  It starts with a plan, often takes time and requires a lot of support.

Also see this related link:

 https://www.cancer.org/healthy/stay-away-from-tobacco/guide-quitting-smoking/deciding-to-quit-smoking-and-making-a-plan.html


The American Cancer Society, which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week provides support as people make their plan to quit.  More information is available at cancer.org/smokeout or by calling 1-800-227-2345.