Free Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Screenings at Applebee's Ballpark
Media Contact: Ann Blackford, 859-323-6363, x230
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 5, 2009) - Patrons of the Lexington Legend's can get more than popcorn and peanuts at this Saturday's (June 6) game against the Greenville Drive. As part of UK HealthCare Weekend at Applebee's Park, free oral, head and neck cancer screenings will be provided just outside the main gate at Applebee's Park from 5 to 7 p.m.
Physicians from the UK College of Dentistry and Markey Cancer Center will conduct non-invasive 3 to 5 minute screenings inside the mobile dental van parked on the main concourse in front of the park. Participants will receive the initial outcome of the test and whether or not a follow-up exam is needed. Information on prevention, detection and treatment of oral, head and neck cancer will be provided as well as smoking cessation materials.
Every year in the United States, 30,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed. After five years, the survival rate is only about 50 percent.
Dr. Juan Yepes, assistant professor in the Division or Oral Diagnosis, Medicine and Radiology in the College of Dentistry, said that visual inspection by a health care professional (physicians, dentists, dental hygienist or nurses) of the oral cavity is the single most important tool to detect oral cancer in early stages.
"Early detection plays a very important role in the chance of survival of oral cancer," Yepes said. "If oral cancer is detected early, the probability of survival increases to close to 90 percent in five years."
In addition to Yepes, Dr. Larry Cunningham, program director for Oral Maxillofacial Surgery in the College of Dentistry, will provide screenings. Dr. Daniel Kenady, professor of surgery, Dr. Mahesh Kudrimoti, assistant professor of radiation medicine, and Dr. Joseph Valentino, associate professor of surgery from Markey Cancer Center, will be on hand to answer any questions participants may have.
UK HealthCare's Weekend at Applebee's Park included Women's Health Night on Friday June 5th and will conclude on Sunday, June 7th with Kentucky Children's Hospital Day.