World Head and Neck Cancer Day Observed
World Head and Neck Cancer Day Observed25/7/2019
Al Nahdha Hospital represented by Nose, Ear and Throat (ENT) Department organized recently an event to mark the World Head and Neck Cancer Day, which is observed on 27 of July of every year. The event was held at Oman Avenues Mall and was attended by Dr. Wahid Ali Al Kharusi, President of Oman Cancer Association (OCA), and Dr. Hamad Al Harthi, Director of Al Nahdha Hospital.
The event aimed at introducing head, neck, nose, ear, and throat cancers to community individuals, presenting prevention and early detection methods, and treatment.
The event focused on the Disease-causing agents such as smoking and reviewed means of reducing its prevalence. Moreover, educational leaflets were distributed to visitors along with teaching them on administering self-screening for head, neck, and throat. Meanwhile, a specialized team was also present at the event to response to visitors enquires and offer a free head and neck cancer screening .
One of the most common cancers are salivary gland tumors, followed by oral cancers especially tongue tumors, and then throat tumors. Treatment depends on the stage of illness when diagnosed. The earlier these tumors are diagnosed; the chances of responding to treatment and recovery are greater.
Dr. Salma Al Shebani, ENT Senior Consultant pointed out that cases are reaching the hospital late due to lack of familiarity with early symptoms. Regarding head and neck cancers, Dr. Al Shibani stressed that patient should consult the specialist if any of the following symptoms occurs:
A neck, mouth, or nose lump
A mouth, jaw, or tongue sore.
Frequent nose bleeds for elderly
Difficulty swallowing or trouble breathing
Hoarse voice for more than two weeks