Rotary Club of Great Neck hosts annual oral cancer screening

Rotary Club of Great Neck hosts annual oral cancer screening

The Rotary Club of Great Neck successfully held its annual Oral Cancer Screening on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at the Great Neck Social Center, 80 Grace Ave. in Great Neck.

The event is organized by Lidia Marmurek Epel, DDS, Rotary Club member, in cooperation with the Nassau County Dental Society.

Dr. James Dolin is the head of volunteer programs and screenings at the society; he is an oral and maxillofacial surgery specialist. Dr. Fabiola Milord is Director of Education Programs at North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospitals Dental Programs department; she is a dental surgeon and holds a Master of Public Health degree.

The Dental Society has also provided 6 dental residents to assist in the screenings. Rotary Club of Great Neck has proudly provided this service, free of charge, to members of the greater Great Neck area for over 5 years.

Dr. Lidia Marmurek, a Rotary Club of Great Neck member, has overseen the event since its inception in 2014. She is a retired dentist whose practice was in Rockville Centre. Epel said that “Oral cancer is a silent killer. Most people have not even heard that of it or that it can be quite deadly. Early detection can save lives”.

However, testing is quick, painless and free. The dentist along with his hygienist works with a VELscope, an FDA-approved special blue excitation lamp, that can detect any sign of abnormal tissue.

They inspect for any red or white patches or mouth sores. If something is discovered, a referral is made to your local dentist for further testing and evaluation. Your local dentist should also look for any signs of issues during your semi-annual or annual dental examinations.

Rotary Club of Great Neck club members meet every week, virtually or in-person, on Wednesday mornings at 8 AM. On the second Wednesday of each month, dinner events are held to support local Great Neck restaurants.

For further information about Rotary Club of Great Neck, its regular meetings and local events or the Oral Cancer Screening Program, please contact either [email protected] or 516-487-9392.

Submitted by: Rotary Club of Great Neck, Great Neck

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