Sunday 18 August 2019

Free cancer screenings on offer to those in the southeast for international day

By Amy Lewis

July 27 will mark International Head and Neck Cancer Day and in honour of the occasion, Wexford residents are being invited to University Hospital Waterford to check out their health.

The hospital, which is the only one in the southeast providing care for those with head and neck cancer, will be offering free medical screening from 12.30pm until 2pm. The Irish Cancer Society's Daffodil Centre will also be present to run information sessions and an educational drive in the main foyer of the hospital.

Mr Liam Skinner, surgeon and Chairman of the University Hospital Waterford's Head and Neck Multidisciplinary Team hopes that this will help to raise public awareness on the illness.

'The two principle risk factors for the disease are tobacco smoking and alcohol,' he said. 'We hope that the events at University Hospital Waterford and our free screening programme will help to promote awareness and good health amongst the population in our large catchment area.'

Head and neck cancer is now the sixth most common cancer worldwide. At University Hospital Waterford, a specialist team of internationally-trained head and neck surgeons, oncologists, histopathologists, radiologists and palliative care specialists provide care for patients from counties such as Waterford, Wexford and Carlow.

The information day will begin at 9.30am following a speech made by Lord Mayor of Waterford John Cummins. The events are organised by the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncology Societies, the Irish Otolaryngology Society and Union for International Cancer Control. Along with Ireland, over 50 countries will be taking part in the event.

Wexford People

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