Welcome to Check Up 13, in partnering with St. Vincent
WTHR, Channel 13, and Anne Marie Tiernon, co-anchor and health reporter, have partnered with St. Vincent, a member of Ascension, the nation's largest Catholic and not-for-profit health system, on an initiative called Check Up 13. The goal of the program is to educate and encourage Indiana residents to take a proactive role in their own health. Check Up 13 includes news stories that will air on the 13th of every month during the Health Beat segment. The program will highlight St. Vincent medical staff and focus on the health topic screening, event or promotion for that month.
October Check Up 13: Head and Neck Cancer
Head and neck cancers refer to a group of similar cancers that start in the head and neck including lip, oral cavity (mouth), nasal cavity (inside the nose), par nasal sinuses, pharynx (behind the mouth and nasal cavity) and larynx (voice box). Approximately 90 percent of head and neck cancers originate from the mucus lining within these regions. Head and neck cancers often spread to the lymph nodes of the neck if they are not caught early enough.
These types of cancers are often associated with certain environmental and lifestyle risk factors, including tobacco smoking and chewing, alcohol consumption, UV light, particular chemicals used in certain workplaces, and certain strains of viruses, such as human papillomavirus (HPV).
The signs and symptoms of head and neck cancers may include a lump or a sore that does not heal, a sore throat that does not go away, difficulty swallowing, and a change or hoarseness in the voice.
Head and neck cancers can be curable if detected early, usually with surgery, although chemotherapy and radiation therapy may also play important roles. This year, an estimated 59,340 people (43,390 men and 15,950 women) will develop head and neck cancer. It is estimated that 12,290 deaths will occur this year because of this disease.*
St. Vincent Cancer Care
St. Vincent Head and Neck Tumor Clinic diagnoses and treats patients with head and neck cancers using a variety of therapies, including surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. With the incidence of head and neck cancers continuing to increase, the physical wellbeing and survival of head and neck cancer patients can significantly be enhanced when various disciplines and treatment options are integrated at one place.
Head and Neck cancers include:
St. Vincent has developed a dedicated inpatient unit with specially trained staff to ensure the highest quality clinical care for patients with cancers of the head and neck, and patients needing voice restoration following laryngeal cancer treatment.