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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 025-06
Tuesday, April 18, 2006

CONTACT: (212) 788-5290; (212) 788-3058 (After Hours)
Sandra Mullin (smullin@health.nyc.gov)
Andrew Tucker (atucker@health.nyc.gov)


FREE ORAL CANCER SCREENINGS WILL BE OFFERED ON THURSDAY, APRIL 20TH

Tobacco users, excessive drinkers, people with cancer in their family history, and people who spend excessive amounts of time in the sun are most at risk; National Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week is April 17-23

NEW YORK CITY – April 18, 2006- The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation (HHC), and the Oral Cancer Consortium will offer free oral cancer screenings on Thursday, April 20. Screenings will be offered in 5 DOHMH clinics, 11 HHC sites and over 20 other locations throughout the City in observance of National Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week. To find the nearest location offering free oral cancer screenings, New Yorkers can call 1-877-263-3401, or visit the Oral Cancer Consortium's Web site at http://www.oral-cancer.org/sites.html.

People most at risk for oral cancer are tobacco users, excessive drinkers, people with cancer in their family history, and people who spend excessive amounts of time in the sun. The free screenings consist of a thorough examination by a dental professional. If an area of concern is found, a painless "brush test" will be administered to determine if any pre-cancerous or cancerous cells are present. Early signs of oral cancer include sores on the mouth; face, or neck that do not heal within two weeks; swellings or lumps on the lips; gums or inside the mouth; thickening within the walls of the cheek; white, dark or red patches in the mouth; repeated and unusual bleeding in the mouth; and/or numbness or pain in any area of the face or mouth.

"Early signs of oral cancer often go undetected without a proper examination by a dental professional," said DOHMH Commissioner Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH. "Oral cancer affects more than 30,000 Americans each year, claiming more than 8,000 lives. When it is left untreated, it can spread to other parts of your body, making it more difficult to cure. Fortunately, when oral cancer is detected early, successful treatment is possible. I encourage all New Yorkers to take advantage of these free evaluations."

"Oral health is integral to overall health," said Dr. Herbert Kenigsberg, director of clinical affairs/disease intervention for DOHMH’s Oral Health Services. "A regular oral examination can be a precursor in diagnosing serious diseases, such as cancer, which can appear in the mouth first. These screenings are critically important."

For help in quitting smoking, New Yorkers can call 311 for information on free or low-cost counseling or visit http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/public/dohmhnews1-02.pdf. Help is also available for people with alcohol problems by calling 311 and asking for LIFENET or by visiting http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/tcny/tcny06.shtml.

The Oral Cancer Consortium

The Oral Cancer Consortium comprises 26 metropolitan-area healthcare institutions and professional societies in the New York/New Jersey/Pennsylvania area, and is committed to raising awareness about oral cancer and the importance of prevention and early detection. For more information on the Consortium, visit http://www.oral-cancer.org.

Oral Health Clinics

Free oral cancer screenings will be offered at the following locations on Thursday, April 20 during the hours indicated below. No appointment is necessary. These facilities are institutional members of the Oral Cancer Consortium and include facilities operated by DOHMH and HHC.

Brooklyn

Bushwick Dental Clinic
335 Central Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11221
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
718-573-4955

Fort Greene Dental Clinic
295 Flatbush Avenue Ext.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
718-643-4836

Cumberland Diagnostic and Treatment Center (HHC)
100 North Portland Ave., 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
718-260-7750

East New York Diagnostic and Treatment Center (HHC)
2094 Pitkin Ave., 2nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11207
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
718-240-0450

Ida G. Israel Coney Island Community Health Center (HHC)
2201 Neptune Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11224
Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
718-449-1889

Kings County Hospital Center (HHC)
451 Clarkson Ave., E Bldg. 1st Floor, Room E 1106
Brooklyn, NY 11203
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
718-245-4914

Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center (HHC)
(Support provided by Second District Dental Society)
760 Broadway, Lobby-2C-320
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Time: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
718-963-8308

Bronx

Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center (HHC)
234 East 149th Street, Area 2A-8
Bronx, NY 10451
Tme: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
718-579-5690

Manhattan

Lower Manhattan Dental Clinic
303 9th Avenue (27th St)
New York, NY 10001
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
212-239-1777

Washington Heights Dental Clinic
600 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
212-795-0060

Gouverneur Healthcare Services (HHC)
227 Madison St., 5th Floor
New York, NY 10002
Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
212-238-7500

Harlem Hospital Center (HHC)
Dental Clinic
Women’s Pavilion, 2nd Floor
16 West 137th Street
New York, NY 10037
Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
212-939-2890

Renaissance Health Care Network (HHC), Sydenham Neighborhood Family Care Center
215 West 125th Street
New York, NY 10027
Time: 9:00 am – 6:30 pm
212-932-6517

Renaissance Health Care Network (HHC)
Grant Houses
3170 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
12:00 pm– 6:30 pm
212-678-8420

Queens

Corona Dental Clinic
34-33 Junction Boulevard,
Queens, NY 11372
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
718-476-8130

Elmhurst Hospital Center (HHC)
79-01 Broadway, Building H-2-82
Elmhurst, NY 11373
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
718-334-2100

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