June 10, 2016

Identifying early symptoms of oral and pharyngeal cancer

The American Dental Association reports that 1 in 92 adults, will develop some form of oral or pharyngeal cancer in their life. While the average age of onset is 62 years old, if you have risk factors like a family history, tobacco use, or frequent alcohol consumption, you could develop oral cancer even younger.

Detecting oral or pharyngeal cancer early greatly increases your chances of treatment success.

Early symptoms of oral cancer include a persistent pain in your mouth, which could also be associated with swelling or a lump in your cheek. This could also be associated with red or white areas on your gums, tongue or tonsils.

Early symptoms of pharyngeal cancer often include a persistent sore throat or a feeling like a foreign object is stuck at the back of the throat.

Here at Exceptional Dentistry every dental checkup includes a basic oral cancer screening. This involves your dentist examining your tongue, throat, face, and neck for signs of swelling or discoloration. Make sure note any increased risk factors for oral cancer, such as a family history of oral cancer as well as regular alcohol or tobacco use.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of oral or pharyngeal cancer, you should not delay in contacting Exceptional Dentistry at 661.349.7725 to schedule an appointment.