March 1, 2019

Free Head and Neck Cancer Screenings at Holy Family Hospital

Methuen, MA – Gentry Thatcher, MD, a board-certified ENT from New England Ear, Nose, Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery, will be doing free head and neck cancer screenings on Holy Family Hospital’s Methuen campus, located at 70 East St., on Thursday, April 18, 2019, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. in the Ground Floor Outpatient Clinic, Suite G39.

Those who smoke, chew tobacco, consume alcohol, or have a prior history of head and neck cancer, have a greater risk of developing head and neck cancer. Symptoms include a lump, a sore that does not heal, a sore throat that does not go away, difficulty swallowing, and a change or hoarseness in the voice.

According to Dr. Thatcher, the vast majority of head and neck cancers are related to tobacco use, making it one of the most preventable diseases.

“Helping individuals understand the risk factors and symptoms increases the likelihood that they will eliminate high-risk habits. Regular check-ups to help find cancer in its early stages, when it is easy to treat and cure, are critical to cancer care and improved health outcomes.”

To schedule a free screening appointment with Dr. Thatcher, please call Jill at 978-687-0156, ext. 2101 or email: [email protected].


About Holy Family Hospital
Holy Family Hospital is a 320-bed full-service, acute care hospital with two campuses located in Methuen and Haverhill, Massachusetts. Both locations, Holy Family Hospital-Methuen, and Holy Family Hospital-Haverhill, provide comprehensive inpatient, outpatient and 24/7 emergency services, including eICUs. With first class specialists, innovative treatment options and state-of-the-art technology, both of our hospital campuses provide exceptional care throughout the greater Merrimack Valley and southern New Hampshire. Holy Family Hospital was the first hospital in Massachusetts to receive the Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement from the Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation and maintains this advanced certification. For the second consecutive year, Holy Family Hospital has earned the Top General Hospital Award from The Leapfrog Group. Holy Family Hospital is one of only 35 hospitals nationwide and is the only hospital in the Merrimack Valley and southern New Hampshire to earn this distinction for performance on national standards of quality and safety. To learn more go to

About Steward Health Care
Steward Health Care is the nation’s largest private, tax paying physician-led health care network in the United States. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Steward operates 36 hospitals in the United States and the country of Malta that regularly receive top awards for quality and safety. The company employs approximately 42,000 health care professionals. The Steward network includes multiple urgent care centers and skilled nursing facilities, substantial behavioral health services, over 7,900 beds under management, and approximately 2.2 million full risk covered lives through the company's managed care and health insurance services.

The Steward Health Care Network includes 5,000 physicians across 800 communities who help to provide more than 12 million patient encounters per year. Steward Medical Group, the company's employed physician group, provides more than six million patient encounters per year. The Steward Hospital Group operates hospitals in Malta and nine states across the U.S., including Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Utah.


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