While some think it is rare, mouth cancer is newly diagnosed in roughly 100 individuals each day in the United States alone, and a person dies from oral cancer every hour.
When found at early stages of development, oral cancers have an 80 to 90 percent survival rate. Unfortunately, this cancer is typically found in the late stages, and account for a death rate of about 45 percent. Late stage diagnosis is due to a lack of public awareness.
In an effort to combat this problem, Atlantic General Hospital and The University of Maryland are providing a series of oral cancer screenings for the community. The screeners will also be teaching oral self-examinations during these events:
Thursday, November 10
The Outpatient Infusion Center at Atlantic General Hospital
5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 19
Atlantic ImmediCare at the Ocean Pines Rite Aid
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Saturday, January 7
Atlantic ImmediCare at the Millsboro Rite Aid
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
For more information about oral cancer or these free screenings, please call Dawn Denton, AGH community education manager, at 410-641-9268.
About Atlantic General Hospital
Atlantic General Hospital has been providing quality health care to the residents of Worcester, Wicomico, Somerset (Md.) and Sussex (Del.) Counties since May 1993. Built by the commitment and generosity of a dedicated community, the hospital’s state-of-the-art facility in Berlin, Md. combines old-fashioned personal attention with the latest in technology and services. Atlantic General Health System, its network of more than 25 primary care provider and specialist offices, care for residents and visitors throughout the region. For more information about Atlantic General Hospital, visit www.atlanticgeneral.org.
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