WAIPAHU, Hawaii – Kaiser Permanente welcomed more than 100 attendees to receive free cancer screenings, educational resources and prevention tips at its annual Cancer Screening and Prevention Fair, held this morning at Waipio Medical Office.
Fair attendees received free head and neck screenings from Kaiser Permanente otolaryngologists, which consisted of a brief medical history and painless physical exam to check for sinus, lip, mouth, thyroid, throat, larynx and other oral cancers. Dermatologists examined attendees for evidence of melanoma — the fifth most common cancer in Hawaii — and other types of skin cancer.
In addition to the free exams made available to all attendees, Kaiser Permanente members completed mammograms and Pap smears to screen for breast and cervical cancer.
“Regular screening is the best medicine, significantly improving survival rates among many types of cancers by catching the disease in its early stages,” said Theresa Devere, MD, dermatologist at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii, one of several volunteer physicians conducting skin cancer screenings on attendees. “Our annual Cancer Screening and Prevention Fair provides us the opportunity to engage with our community, teach them about the importance of screening and encourage them to live a healthy lifestyle in order to reduce their risk of cancer.”
Kaiser Permanente tobacco cessation counselors shared tips to help smokers quit, eliminating a major risk factor for cancers of the head, neck and lungs. Members of the prevention and education department provided information on improving nutrition, exercising and living an overall healthy lifestyle.
The American Cancer Society estimates that Hawaii will see 6,850 new cancer diagnoses and 2,840 cancer-related deaths in 2016; breast, lung, colorectal, and prostate cancer are the most common types in the state. Regular screenings, education and an awareness of risk factors all contribute toward detecting cancer in its early stages, where survival rates are often significantly higher.
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