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April 24, 2012

What: Head and neck cancers – cancers that arise in the head or neck region, including the oral cavity, nasal cavity, sinuses, lips, mouth, salivary glands, throat, or larynx (voice box) – are the sixth most common form of cancer in the United States. Yet, despite the prevalence, many patients and the general public know little about risk factors, symptoms and treatment.

Montefiore Medical Center (@MontefioreNews) and Albert Einstein College of Medicine (@EinsteinMed) are co-hosting a twitter chat on head and neck cancer prevention, detection, research efforts and treatment, including the connection between smoking, drinking, HPV and head/neck cancer.

When: Wednesday, April 25, 1pm ET

Where: Follow the chat at #HeadNeckCancer (We encourage you to leave questions in advance of the chat)


@EinsteinMed: Michael Prystowsky, M.D., Ph.D., is professor and chair of pathology at Montefiore and Einstein. His research focuses on genomic and proteomic analysis of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. Dr. Prystowsky developed a multidisciplinary group that includes surgery, oncology, pathology, molecular biology, protein chemistry, systems biology, epidemiology and biostatistics to study the molecular mechanism regulating tumor behavior.



@MontefioreNewsRichard Smith, M.D., is professor and vice chair of clinical otorhinolaryngology - head & neck surgery at Montefiore and Einstein. He is a recipient of the Byers Award for the best clinical research from the American Head and Neck Society and the Honor Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He is also actively involved in numerous research projects studying cancers of the head and neck and is co-director of the Upper Aerodigestive Tract Research group at Einstein.



For more information about Einstein and Montefiore cancer resources contact:

Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care The Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care provides state-of-the-art treatments and therapies to our patients through innovation and collaboration among some of the nation's most skilled and accomplished physicians. Providing treatment for both common and rare types of cancer at all stages, MECCC physicians have the experience and specialized skills to apply a variety of innovative approaches to cancer care.

Albert Einstein Cancer Center The Albert Einstein Cancer Center (AECC) was among the first cancer centers on a medical school campus to be funded by the National Cancer Institute in 1972 following the passage of the National Cancer Act the previous year. AECC has had the continuous center funding by the National Cancer Institute since that time.

The Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care and Montefiore’s Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery will offer free screenings on Friday, April 27. Learn more.

Additional Resources:

Facts about Head and Neck Cancer

Image of Squamous Cell Carcinoma on Tongue