LSU offers free head, neck, skin cancer check

LSU Health Shreveport head and neck surgeon, Dr. Timothy S. Lian, offered free neck and head cancer screenings in Monroe on Friday. (Amritha Alladi/The News-Star)

LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport on Friday offered free neck, head and skin cancer screening in Monroe.

The American Cancer Society estimates 52,610 new cases of head and neck cancers will be diagnosed in 2012 with an estimated 11,500 of those cases resulting in death.

These cancers are the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the United States, said Dr. Timothy S. Lian, a reconstructive and head and neck surgeon with LSU Health Shreveport.

Tobacco use is one of the main causes of these types of cancers, he said.

That’s why the most effective prevention strategy continues to be the cessation of behaviors such as smoking, use of chewing tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption.