Free health screenings available at Food City Family Race Night in Bristol

Posted on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 7:54 pm

Fans who descend on Bristol Motor Speedway during race week will have access to free mouth, throat and neck cancer screenings that could save their lives.

These screenings will be available from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, during Food City Family Race Night in downtown Bristol. Since 2012, the Wellmont Cancer Institute and Bristol Motor Speedway have partnered with Screening P.I.T. Stop, to provide short and painless oral and neck exams during race week.

Physicians with Wellmont Medical Associates Oncology & Hematology and other physicians who practice at Wellmont Health System facilities will participate in the screenings. If someone receives concerning results, physician referrals will be available.

Since these screenings began, physicians have discovered a number of suspicious findings. Sue Lindenbusch, the cancer institute’s senior vice president, said this community outreach is an excellent way for fans to receive valuable information about their health as they attend this popular race.

“Regular screenings are vital to prevent and identify problems early so people can receive the treatment they need and proceed on the road of health,” Lindenbusch said. “We’re thrilled to incorporate this service at such a large-scale event as part of the broad spectrum of care we offer to the region.

“Despite efforts to educate and reduce risk factor exposure, head and neck cancer remains one of the most common cancers worldwide. Two things people can do right now to decrease their chance of head and neck cancer is to stop smoking and chewing tobacco and reduce alcohol intake.”

In the majority of cases, head and neck cancer is a preventable disease. While no one wants to have cancer, the good news is these cancers are highly curable if they are discovered early. Signs of concern of which people should be aware include:

• Red or white patches in the mouth

• Hoarseness that remains for three weeks

• A persistent sore throat

• Repeated sores in the mouth that do not heal

• Pain or swelling in the mouth that does not subside

• Difficulty or pain chewing or swallowing

• A lump in the head or neck area

• Unexplained earaches, ringing in the ears or hearing problems.

For more information about the cancer institute, visit www.wellmont.org.

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