Follow-Up Phone Interviews and Attendance Motivation From A Free Head and Neck Cancer Screening

Zachary D. Urdang, David H. Rosales, Qi Liang Chen, Ryan J. Li, Peter E. Andersen, Neil D. Gross, Daniel R. Clayburgh

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Introduction: Head and Neck Cancer Awareness and Screening Programs (HNCASP) are popular community outreach events hosted by academic and community otolaryngology departments. However, long-term follow-up of participants is lacking. Patients and Methods: Participants of a HNCASP held at an academic cancer center prospectively filled out demographic and risk factor surveys followed by HNC screening examination. A phone interview was conducted for participants between 2012 and 2016 with suspicious findings to assess outcomes. Results: Participants were largely Caucasian, female, and had health insurance, reflecting the setting at an academic medical center. Despite this, there were 156 (16.8%) positive screenings; 47 of these completed follow up interviews. Twelve (1.1% of all participants) cancer cases were confirmed. Discussion: A significant proportion of HNCASP participants benefited from this screening opportunity. Education regarding HNC is the primary benefit and motivational factor for attendance of HNCASPs, although a significant subset of patients was identified that needed follow-up, and several cancers were detected.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-94
Number of pages6
JournalEar, Nose and Throat Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2022


  • ENT
  • cancer
  • community outreach
  • head and neck cancer
  • health screening
  • otolaryngology
  • screening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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