UAMS to Offer Free Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Screenings April 25

By todd

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is offering free oral, head and neck cancer screenings from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 25 on the sixth floor of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. Screenings will be conducted by the UAMS Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery.


Appointments will be taken from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 14-24. To make an appointment, call (501) 686-5011. Parking is available for a small fee in the Outpatient Center parking deck at Cedar Street and Capitol Avenue.


It is estimated that 40,000 Americans will develop oral, head and neck cancer this year. Those at risk include people who smoke, chew tobacco or consume excessive alcohol, as well as those who have previously had cancer in the area.


Signs and symptoms of oral, head and neck cancer include sores in the mouth that do not go away, a growth or swelling in the neck, persistent sore throat, trouble swallowing or voice changes.


UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has 2,538 students and 733 medical residents. Its centers of excellence include the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute and the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. It is one of the state’s largest public employers with about 9,600 employees, including nearly 1,150 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $5 billion a year. Visit