Head & Neck Cancer Awareness

Head & Neck Cancer Awareness

Head and neck cancer is a group of cancers that usually begin in the squamous cells that line the mucosal surfaces inside the mouth, nose, throat, and occasionally the salivary glands. These squamous cell cancers are often referred to as squamous cell carcinomas of the head and neck. 

Head and neck cancers account for nearly 4 percent of all cancers in the United States, the National Cancer Institute reported. Alcohol and tobacco use are major risk factors for head and neck cancers. Infection with cancer-causing types of human papillomavirus (HPV) also increases a person’s risk of certain head and neck cancers. 

Other risk factors for these cancers include:

  • Eating preserved or salted foods.    
  • Poor oral hygiene and missing teeth.  
  • Occupational exposure to wood dust, asbestos, and synthetic fibers.    
  • Radiation exposure.    
  • Epstein-Barr virus infection.    

Head and neck cancer is more common among men than women. These cancers are also diagnosed more often among people over age 50 than among younger people.

The 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 in swallowing, and a change or hoarseness in the voice. 

Screenings consist of a dentist or doctor visually examining your head, neck and mouth to look for any masses, lesions or swelling. They’ll compare both sides of your neck for enlargement, while feeling your lymph nodes. They will also check your voice, as a raspy voice may be a sign of a tumor. For questions, please contact your healthcare provider for more information. 

Bismarck/Mandan Celebrate Project Hope 2020

Bismarck/Mandan Celebrate Project Hope 2020

Project Hope educational event to take place in Bismarck and Mandan

The Bismarck Cancer Center’s Project HOPE will take place July 27-31.  Project HOPE is a community wellness event designed by the Bismarck Cancer Center to educate businesses and their employees about healthy lifestyles, cancer prevention, and early detection. In addition, Project HOPE enables employees to give hope to cancer patients and their families affected by the disease.

 “Project HOPE provides education for employees and empowers employees to give hope to cancer patients going through cancer journeys,” said Amy Gross, Executive Director. “Almost every person has been affected by cancer in some way.”

Participants receive wellness and prevention materials about a variety of cancers, and tips for talking with those who are battling cancer. Every day of the week, employees are encouraged to dress casually and/or wear the awareness colors of representing cancers diagnosed in North Dakota each year. On Friday, employees are encouraged to wear purple in support and recognition of cancer survivorship. Last year over 200 Bismarck/Mandan businesses participated and over 8000 employees received health and wellness information.

Monday, July 27: Head/Neck Cancer Awareness– cream/burgundy

Tuesday, July 28:  Colorectal Cancer Awareness – blue

Wednesday, July 29: Lung Cancer Awareness – white

Thursday, July 30:  Breast Cancer Awareness – pink

Friday, July 31:  Cancer Survivorship – purple

Participating business employee donations are gifted to the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation. All donations stay local and help make a meaningful difference by providing financial support for cancer patients in need, and support for programs that assist the whole person—body, mind, and spirit. The Bismarck Cancer Center provides radiation therapy to more than 800 patients per year. For more information or to register for project HOPE, go to www.bismarckcancercenter.com

Stella’s Succulent Party supporting Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation

Stella’s Succulent Party supporting Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation

Stella’s Succulent Party is a creative fundraiser that will help you shop for a special someone in your life while supporting small businesses and the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation.

Looking for something to keep the kids busy? Inquire about the succulent DIY packs that will let the kids get their hands dirty and plant their own succulent.

Delivery is available in the Bismarck/Mandan area.