EDISON — Middlesex County College will host an oral cancer screening for adults on Tuesday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Dental Hygiene Clinic in L’Hommedieu Hall on the Edison campus. The event is free and open to the public; preregistration is not necessary. The noon to 1 p.m. hour is reserved for college faculty, staff and students; any adult is welcome from 9 a.m. to noon.
“April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month and it is a good time to focus on this issue,” said Lynn Tobin, adjunct faculty member in the College’s Dental Hygiene program. “It is a disease that is often curable if you catch it early, but can be fatal if not diagnosed in time. Oral cancer kills more than 8,000 people a year.”
Tobin is a member of the Oral Cancer Workgroup, an organization of medical professionals from New Jersey who are attempting to raise awareness and encourage screenings. The College is the only place in Middlesex County that is performing the free screenings.
Anyone who receives a screening will be entered into a drawing for a prize: either a Waterpik Sensonic professional power toothbrush ($80 value) or a Sonicare FlexCare power toothbrush with UV Sanitizer ($140 value).
The screenings are aimed at those 18 and over. The procedure, which takes about 10 minutes once the patient is in the dental chair, will be performed by volunteer dentists and oral surgeons.
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