May 9, 2012

Owens, ProMedica and Toledo Dental Hygienists’ Association Announce Free Oral Cancer Screening Event, May 22

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Area residents are invited to take a proactive approach to healthy living and the fight against oral cancer as Owens Community College’s Dental Hygiene Program, the Toledo Dental Hygienists’ Association and ProMedica Cancer Institute offer a free Oral Cancer Screening community outreach event on Tuesday, May 22.

The Oral Cancer Screening event will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. at the College’s Dental Hygiene Clinic. The clinic is located in Health Technologies Hall on the Toledo-area Campus in Perrysburg Township. The event is free and open to individuals of all ages.

The Oral Cancer Screening community outreach event will be administered by area dentists and dental hygienists and includes both visual and tactile exams for visible indicators of oral cancer. The screening will include an examination of each individual’s appearance, palpation, depth and surface dimension, extraoral findings, signs and symptoms (sore throat, earache and painful swallowing in throat) and history of smoking, alcohol and previous lesions.

Additionally, a referral form, describing the findings, will be given to attendees should a questionable condition, or tissues which are felt to be abnormal, are discovered. Participants will be encouraged to take the referral form to their own dentist or doctor where further evaluation and closer examination can be conducted. The examination will last approximately 30 minutes.

The College’s Dental Hygiene Program provides more than 40 students with a fully accredited, scientifically current and competency-based curriculum annually. Students receive classroom instruction as well as hands-on experience in the Dental Hygiene Clinic, while preparing to sit for the national, state or regional exam in dental hygiene. Owens’ program also offers dental services to area residents through its Dental Hygiene Clinic.

Individuals interested in receiving a free oral cancer screening are encouraged to contact the ProMedica Cancer Institute at (877) 291-1441. Appointment reservations must be made prior to the event.

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.