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Take advantage of free head and neck cancer screenings in April

Published: March 6, 2024
Head and Neck

Preventive screening can help detect cancer early, when it’s most treatable and before it has a chance to spread. At Methodist, we understand that early detection is key to survival, and we’re proud to offer this service at no cost.

Our head and neck surgical oncologists will perform free head and neck cancer screenings in April at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center and Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital. Use this opportunity to meet one of our expert physicians who will assess your risk factors and discuss preventive measures.

Each 15-minute screening appointment includes a head and neck physical exam as well as a review of your medical and family histories. This event is free and open to the public. However, registration is required to reserve an appointment time. 

If you’re currently a patient at any of our head and neck oncology clinics, there’s no need to register for an event. Please contact your provider to discuss any screening questions or concerns.

Omaha screening event

Thursday, April 18, 3-5 p.m. 
Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center, Suite 304
Register here


Council Bluffs screening event

Tuesday, April 16, 3-5 p.m.
Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital, second floor
Register here

Risk factors

Risk factors for oral head and neck cancer may include:

  • Chewing tobacco
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Prior cancer in the head or neck region
  • Smoking

Risk factors for skin head and neck cancer may include:

  • Prolonged sun exposure
  • Severe sunburns

Signs and symptoms

Common signs and symptoms for head and neck cancer include:

  • Change in voice
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Mouth sore that doesn’t heal
  • New/developing mole or changes in the color, size or shape of an existing mole
  • Painless lump in the neck
  • Sore throat


For additional information, call (402) 354-4263.