MORRISTOWN, NJ - When it comes to your health, knowledge is power. Having access to information can mean the difference between life and death. An estimated 65,410 people (48,000 men and 17,410 women) will develop head and neck cancer in 2019, projects the American Cancer Society.

Atlantic Health System's Morristown Medical Center is leading the way in generating awareness about head and neck cancer by developing outreach programs and offering free oral, head and neck cancer screenings to the communities it serves.

Dr. Tom Thomas, medical director of head and neck reconstructive and transoral robotic surgery at Morristown Medical Center's Leonard B. Kahn Head & Neck Cancer Institute, is a nationally recognized expert in this field says, "The importance of screening is that you can diagnose the cancer in an early stage, and earlier stages of head and neck cancer are curable."

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Oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancers occur most often in the following sites:

  • The tongue
  • The tonsils and oropharynx
  • The gums, floor of the mouth, and other parts of the mouth

The rest are found in the lips, the minor salivary glands (which often occur in the roof of the mouth), and other sites.

"Head and neck cancer used to be a disease of people in their 60s and 70s, typically found in people who use an excessive amount of tobacco and alcohol. That has shifted significantly to those in their late 30s, 40s and 50s. People are getting cancer from human papillomavirus, or HPV, which is a sexually transmitted disease," he explains.

Register for a FREE Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Screening:

Or call, 1-800-247-9580.  Screenings are located at Morristown Medical Center’s Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, 100 Madison Avenue, 1st Floor.   Valet parking or JCP&L Visitor Lot parking available.