UAMS Cancer Institute to Host Free Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Screenings April 27

By Susan Van Dusen

The cancer screenings will be held from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the sixth floor of the Cancer Institute. To register, call (501) 686-5024 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 23-26. Walk-ins are welcome but there may be a short wait.

The screenings are conducted by the UAMS Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery.

Free parking is available in UAMS Parking 3 at the corner of Cedar Street and Capitol Avenue.

It is estimated that 40,000 Americans will develop oral, head and neck cancers this year. Those who smoke, consume alcohol, chew tobacco or have had cancers of the mouth, neck or head are at greater risk of developing these types of cancers.

Signs and symptoms of oral, head and neck cancers include mouth sores that won’t heal, persistent sore throat and trouble swallowing, voice changes, and growths or swelling in the neck.

UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Related Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes: 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, the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the Translational Research Institute. Named best Little Rock metropolitan area hospital by U.S. News & World Report, it is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has more than 2,800 students and 775 medical residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including about 1,000 physicians and other professionals who provide care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. Visit or