Free oral cancer screenings offered

Pawlus Dental and Franciscan Health Cancer Center are offering free oral cancer screenings.

Screenings will be available from 8 a.m. to noon Friday at Pawlus Dental, 4001 Goeller Blvd. Appointments are limited and reservations are required. Appointments may be made by calling 877-888-1777.

Warning signs of oral cancer may include:

  • A sore in the mouth that bleeds easily or will not go away
  • Pain, tenderness or numbness in the mouth or lips
  • A red or white patch inside the mouth that does not go away
  • Lump, soreness or thickening of the mouth, tongue, cheek or throat
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing or moving the tongue or jaw
  • Loosening of the teeth

Most common risk factors include tobacco use, excessive alcohol consumption and human papillomavirus infection.

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Kaitlyn Evener is an editorial assistant for The Republic. She can be reached at kevener@therepublic.com or 812-379-5633.