Free cancer screenings to be offered

ALBANY, Ga. — The Phoebe Cancer Center is offering free screenings for oral, head and neck cancers from 9 a.m. to noon on April 13.

Such cancers claim more than 12,000 lives per year. The Head and Neck Cancer Alliance suggests that every adult needs to be screened.

In the past, tobacco and alcohol users were the population considered most at risk for oral, head and neck cancers — but oral cancer incidence is on the rise in younger adults who do not smoke, possibly due partly to the increase of human papillomavirus (HPV) cases, the alliance says.

A portion of the funding for the free screenings is being provided by Bristol-Myers Squibb in association with the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance, officials at Phoebe say.

Appointments for the 10-minute screening are being offered on a first-come, first-served basis by calling (229) 312-2315. A limited number of walk-in appointments are available.