Cancer screenings kick off weekend

Cancer screenings check for head, neck and throat cancer. / Matt Prichard

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital recognized Oral, "Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week," Saturday by providing free cancer screenings.

Officials say providing this service is important anywhere, but especially in the 'Good Life City.'

"A very high percentage of patients in this part of the country are poor, they don't have insurance, it's very difficult for them to have access to a physician. So we see a lot of patients with relatively advanced head and neck cancer," said Medical Director of Radiation Oncology, Dr. Charles Mendenhall.

Appointments were available for the 10-minute screening, and walk-ins were served on a 'first come, first serve' basis.

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