HYU Hospital Free Lecture and Cancer Screening
2018 World Head and Neck Cancer Day
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Hanyang University Hospital organized a free lecture and cancer examination on Friday, July 27th, which was World Head and Neck Cancer Day. It was the second year the hospital hosted an event to raise awareness of head and neck cancer to the public. Four doctors from different hospitals joined this event, and 34 people were examined to check if they had any cancer or other issues in their head or neck.
Head and neck cancer is not as well-known as other cancers like breast cancer or lung cancer. It is because this type of cancer is not as prevalent. However, head and neck cancer does occur, more and more so recently. Early discovery and treatment is the key, which is why experts in the field gathered and created World Head and Neck Cancer Day four years ago. HYU hospital was the first to celebrate it in Korea last year, which influenced other hospitals to join in this year.
One of the highlights of the event was the part where patients who have overcome different types of head and neck cancer shared their experiences with the crowd through video testimonials. Kim, age 59, attested to a lucky discovery during his ultrasound test, and how he now goes around and helps others quit smoking. More than 65 percent of the cases of head and neck cancer are caused by alcohol and tobacco use. Tae Kyung (Department of Otolaryngology), as one of the organizers of the event, emphasized that “more than 80 percent of head and neck cancer is related to smoking habit.”
The following are symptoms of head and neck cancer that require an immediate visit to the doctor.
Change in voice for three weeks or more
A mouth ulcer that doesn't heal after three weeks or more
Oral swelling that lasts three weeks or more
Reddish white patches inside the mouth
Difficulty swallowing for three weeks or more
Congestion on one side of the nose with drainage
Teeth chattering without a clear reason
Enlarged lympnodes lasting three weeks or more
Lump on the eye lid or near the eye
Ear pain or trouble hearing for three weeks or more
Tae mentioned that he is “excited to spread awareness about the cancer so that more people will be able to treat the disease before it’s too late.” Head and neck cancer is untreatable after entering the second half of the fourth stage. He advised those suffering from the symptoms above to immediately see a doctor for a check-up.
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Photos by Kang Cho-hyun
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