Ellis Fischel Cancer Center to offer free screenings

Thursday, April 26, 2012 | 9:19 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Ellis Fischel Cancer Center in Columbia is offering free screenings for oral, head and neck cancer Friday afternoon.

Men and women 18 and older can be screened from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the medical center, located at 115 Business Loop 70 W. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 573-817-3080.

The screening consists of a 10-minute physical exam of a patient's mouth, face and neck by a cancer specialist. Ellis Fischel is part of the MU Health Care system.

An Ellis Fischel oncologist says that 85 percent of head and neck cancers are connected to tobacco use. Those types of cancer affect more than 40,000 Americans annually.


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