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Centegra Offering cancer screenings

McHENRY – Centegra Health System will offer free screenings for oral, head and neck cancer from 9 to 11:45 a.m. March 9 and from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. April 17 at the Centegra Sage Cancer Center, 4305 Medical Center Drive in McHenry.

During the screenings, Dr. Mobeen Shirazi, an otolaryngologist, and Dr. Ted Hughes, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, independent physicians on staff at Centegra Health System, will provide a thorough exam of the mouth, oral cavity, head and neck area to detect any precancerous lesions or problems.

Although this screening does not take the place of an annual exam by a personal physician, it is a valuable tool for recognizing conditions that could become serious.

Oral, head and neck cancers are located in the nasal cavity, sinuses, lips, mouth, thyroid glands, salivary glands, throat or voice box and account for about 6 percent of all malignancies in the United States. Tobacco use is linked to 85 percent of oral, head and neck cancers.

Space is limited and registration is required. Register by calling 877-236-8347.

– Northwest Herald

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