MVHS offers free oral cancer screenings

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NEW HARTFORD — The Mohawk Valley Health System Dental Health Center will provide free oral cancer screenings each Monday throughout the month of April.

The screenings will be given at the Dental Health Center, 1714 Burrstone Road.

More than 48,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year, which will lead to more than 8,000 deaths. Some risk factors that can lead to oral cancer are tobacco and alcohol use as well as the HPV16 virus.

The quickest growing segments of the oral cancer population are young, healthy, non-smokers due to the connection to the HPV16 virus. Individuals can have oral cancer with no pain or side effects, but oral cancer can be cured if found early which is why it’s important to receive routine screenings.

Anyone age 16 and older is encouraged to get screened. Call Tracy at 315-624-6225 to schedule a free appointment.

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