From OHC

August 1, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Joanie Manzo
Director, Marketing & Physician Services
513-751-2145 x20143
joan.manzo@usoncology.com

According to The Oral Cancer Foundation, every hour, an oral or oropharyngeal cancer (OPC) patient dies in America. The incidence and mortality of OPC, a common head and neck cancer (HNC), have steadily increased in the U.S. during the past two decades. Typically, the earlier healthcare providers discover HNC the better the outcomes for patients. In fact, through HPV vaccination, we can practically eliminate this life-threatening disease. To educate adults in the community about the importance of HNC prevention, OHC radiation oncologists and Mercy Health – Cincinnati ear, nose, and throat doctors are providing free oral HNC screenings over the next few months at several locations.

Head and neck cancer includes cancers of the mouth, nose, sinuses, salivary glands, throat, and lymph nodes. Adults with a smoking history, those who regularly consume alcohol, and/or those with possible exposure to the human papillomavirus (HPV) should be screened. “HPV infection is the fastest-growing cause of HNC,” noted OHC radiation oncologist Courtney L. Hentz, MD. “We need to redouble our efforts to create more awareness about HNC prevention and the importance of HPV vaccination.”

Following are details on the upcoming free screenings:

ANDERSON
Thursday, August 25 | 5-7 p.m.
Mercy Health- Anderson Ear, Nose and Throat
7502 State Rd., Suite 4400
Cincinnati, OH 45255

CLERMONT
Thursday, September 29 | 5-7 p.m.
Mercy Health- Clermont Ear, Nose and Throat
2055 Hospital Dr., Suite 310
Batavia, OH 45103

FAIRFIELD
Thursday, October 13 | 5-7 p.m.
Mercy Health- Fairfield Ear, Nose and Throat
2960 Mack Rd., Suite 200
Fairfield, OH 45014

GREEN TOWNSHIP
Thursday, October 27 | 5-7 p.m.
Mercy Health- West Ear, Nose and Throat
3301 Mercy Health Blvd., Suite 500
Cincinnati, OH 45211

KENWOOD
Thursday, November 3 | 5-7 p.m.
Mercy Health- Kenwood Ear, Nose and Throat
4760 E. Galbraith Rd., Suite 108
Cincinnati, OH 45236

Screenings will occur in 10-minute intervals and registration is required. To register, call OHC at 513-751-2145. To learn more about HNC and the latest treatments or to request a second opinion, call 1-888-649-4800 or visit ohcare.com.

OHC (Oncology Hematology Care) has been fighting cancer on the front lines for more than 37 years. We are the region’s leading experts in the treatment of nearly every form of adult cancer and complex blood disorder. OHC cancer experts medical oncologists, hematologists, blood and marrow transplant specialists, cellular therapy specialists, radiation oncologists, gynecologic oncologists, and breast surgical oncologists. OHC continues to bring leading-edge treatment options through its nationally recognized cancer research and clinical trials program. OHC is the first, most experienced, and only certified independent adult cancer practice in the region to offer the revolutionary immunotherapy treatment, CAR-T, for adults, ushering in a new frontier in the fight against cancer. OHC is certified by the American Society of Clinical Oncology in the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative Certification Program and is one of only a select few cancer practices nationally to be accepted to participate in the Oncology Care Model, part of The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation. At its heart, our approach to cancer care is simple — to surround you with everything you need so you can focus on what matters most: beating cancer. For more information about OHC, or a second opinion, call 1-888-649-4800 or visit ohcare.com.

Mercy Health – Cincinnati is part of Bon Secours Mercy Health (BSMH), one of the 20 largest health systems in the United States and the fifth-largest Catholic health system in the country. The ministry’s quality, compassionate care is provided by more than 60,000 associates serving communities in Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, Ohio, South Carolina and Virginia, as well as throughout Ireland. Mercy Health – Cincinnati has been serving Greater Cincinnati for more than 160 years and provides an integrated network of leading physicians, compassionate caregivers, comprehensive services and exceptional care at more than 180 locations across the region. The Mercy Health – Cincinnati network of care includes five award-winning hospitals, senior living communities, primary care and specialty physician practices, outpatient centers, fitness centers and a variety of outreach programs. Mercy Health – Cincinnati hospitals have earned national Truven Health Analytics’ 100 Top Hospitals honors more than all other Cincinnati hospitals combined, placing them among the best hospitals in the nation. Truven has also named Mercy Health – Cincinnati as one of the nation’s Top 15 health systems six times, which is more than any other health system in Cincinnati. In 2021, BSMH provided more than $600 million dollars in community benefit across five states, ensuring that cost is not a barrier to health care for our patients in need. In addition to charity care, BSMH invests in community benefit programs that address chronic illness, affordable housing, access to healthy food, education and wellness programs, transportation, workforce development and other social determinants of health that directly affect the communities we serve. The Mission of Bon Secours Mercy Health is to extend the compassionate ministry of Jesus by improving the health and well-being of its communities and bring good help to those in need, especially people who are poor, dying and underserved. To learn more visit, mercy.com.

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