ASHEBORO — Laryngeal and hypopharyngeal cancers, commonly referred to as throat cancers, often develop because of prolonged alcohol or tobacco use, a poor diet, HPV, a weakened immune system, heartburn, genetic syndromes and/or work hazards.

On Tuesday, June 20, a free throat cancer screening will be conducted from 2-5 p.m. at Randolph Health Ear, Nose & Throat, 124 N. Park St., Asheboro. This free screening is open to adults who have had not had a screening in the past year, are hoarse and currently are smokers or use tobacco products. These screenings will be conducted by Dr. Brandon Ma.

According to the American Cancer Society, common symptoms associated with throat cancer include:

* Hoarseness.

* Sore throat that doesn’t go away.

* Constant coughing.

* Pain when swallowing.

* Trouble swallowing.

* Ear pain that doesn’t go away.

* Trouble breathing.

* Weight loss and/or lump or mass in the neck.

“The best way to beat throat cancer is by prevention and early detection,” Ma said.

The American Cancer Society notes that 80 percent of people who develop throat cancer use tobacco products, and another 70 percent are frequent drinkers.

“In many cases, the primary culprit of throat cancer is smokeless tobacco,” Ma said. “It’s very important to see your doctor immediately if you have any abnormal growths or patches in your mouth or throat.”

If you or someone you know is at risk for throat cancer, this screening is imperative. Space is limited and appointments are required.

This is one of Randolph Health Cancer Center’s community education events that is offered throughout the year on a variety of health-related topics. To register for this screening, call 336-633-7788.