Although it is a little more than a month away, Academy Award-winning actor and producer Michael Douglas is already asking Americans to get screened for oral, head and neck cancer. The 14th annual Oral, Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Week (OHANCAW), which is held nationwide May 8-14, is important to Douglas as he is a recent throat cancer survivor.
"My experience has taught me the importance of early detection and diagnosis to successful treatment and a positive outcome," Douglas stated in a news release. "I applaud the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance for raising awareness of oral, head and neck cancer and opening the door to free cancer screenings at local facilities throughout our country during OHANCAW."
Head and neck cancers include cancers that begin in the oral cavity, like the tongue, gums, lips and hard palate. It also includes cancers that start in the salivary glands, the pharynx and the larynx.
Will you consider being screened for head and neck cancer during OHANCAW?