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29.09.2015

Head and neck cancer awareness week was held in Krasnoyarsk Cancer Center

This year, the campaign within the European Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week was held in Krasnoyarsk for the second time. During the week, people who would like to have examination for the presence of the disease had the opportunity to be screened free by three medical specialists: otolaryngologist, dental oncologist and oncologist.

The staff of the Krasnoyarsk Regional Clinical Oncology Center named after A.I. Kryzhanovsky noted the extremely high interest of the public to this opportunity: during the registration period, cancer center employees received about a thousand calls from people wishing to pass the examination of multi-disciplinary commission.
Taking into account the great number of calls, patients were selected according to certain symptoms, including sore tongue, persistent ulcers or spots in the mouth, unilateral pain in the throat, persistent or progressive hoarseness, pain and difficulty swallowing, swelling in the neck, feeling of foreign body in the mouth, unilateral stuffiness in nose, bleeding from the nose. Oncologists have also recommended the examination for those who is at risk for head and neck tumors. The risk groups are smokers, men and women who drink alcohol every day, and individuals infected with human papillomavirus.
During the campaign, 152 residents of Krasnoyarsk and the Krasnoyarsk Territory were examined by commissions including three specialists. Of these, various diseases of the head and neck were suspected in 137 people (accounting for 90% of the total number of examined), in 54 of them malignancy was suspected. In addition, 26 visitors were provided with another type of assistance. Complaints of these visitors were mainly associated with neurological symptoms, so a neurologist was added in the medical team. All patients with suspected tumors of the head and neck received instructions for further actions and referrals to the regional oncologic dispensary.
For reference: Currently, the majority of patients with head and neck cancer seek medical help at a later stage of the disease; this reduces the chances of a favorable outcome of treatment. The late diagnosis is partially associated with the lack of awareness of the disease in the general population. The Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week is held to draw people's attention to the seemingly simple symptoms, such as for example the pain and difficulty swallowing, sore tongue, permanent unilateral stuffiness in nose and so on. If even one of these symptoms persists for more than three weeks, one should seek medical advice.