April is Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month, and in efforts to provide education and raise awareness in the community, the Head and Neck Surgery team at Augusta University hosted their second annual free Head and Neck Cancer Screening on April 27, 2018. Under the leadership of Heather Bentley, Head and Neck Nurse Practitioner, the screening event was coordinated with the Division of Communications and Marketing at Augusta University to launch educational pieces and advertisements utilizing a social media platform and printed materials.
Seventy-five participants were examined and educated about the risks of developing head and neck cancers. Of the seventy-five participants, sixteen were recommended to follow up for further evaluation. Engaging with people face to face and educating them on risk factors, concerning symptoms, and when to seek help offers us hope that cancer patients would benefit from an increased community awareness and seek early detection and treatment.
Together, the Head and Neck Surgery team, Otolaryngology residents, and Otolaryngology clinical staff made this event successful, and we look forward to continuing this event in the future.