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2.16.2016

Sylvester Honors World Cancer Day with Cancer Screenings at Miami International Airport

In honor of World Cancer Day on February 4, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, and Miami International Airport (MIA) hosted free head and neck cancer screenings and consultations for more than 85 airport employees.

“Sylvester’s team of head and neck cancer experts were pleased to provide on-site screenings for employees of Miami International Airport,” said W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Sylvester. “Part of our mission to reduce the burden of cancer in our community involves building awareness and sharing the importance of early detection. We were happy to have the opportunity to serve this group.”

Sylvester doctors, nurses and residents were inside MIA’s North Terminal to conduct the screenings and educate MIA employees about head and neck cancers. To gain more attention about the life-threatening disease, Sylvester also erected a six-foot-tall wishing tree near Gate D-19, where passengers and employees could hang messages of encouragement for family and friends affected by cancer.

“Whether it’s a family member, a friend or a colleague, nearly everyone has been affected by cancer in some way or another,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González. “We are proud to partner with the renowned Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in this effort to heighten awareness among our passengers and provide this valuable service to our employees.”

World Cancer Day, which takes place every year on February 4, is designed to unite the world’s population in the fight against cancer. It aims to prevent millions of deaths each year by increasing consciousness and education about the disease.

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