Research by the American Dental Association found that statistically one out of every 92 adults will develop some form of oral or pharyngeal cancer in their lifetime. While the average age of detection is 62 years old, increased risk factors, such as a family history of oral cancer, tobacco use and alcohol abuse, increase your chances of developing oral cancer at a younger age. Statistically, males are almost twice as likely to develop oral or pharyngeal cancer than females.
Early detection and diagnosis of oral cancer will improve your chances of successful treatment.
Early symptoms of oral cancer often include a persistent pain in your mouth, swelling, or a lump in your cheek or gums. This usually happens in conjunction with red or white patches on your gums, tongue or tonsils.
Pharyngeal cancer, sometimes referred to as throat cancer can have symptoms that include a persistent sore throat or the feeling like something is stuck in the back of your throat.
Every dental checkup performed by your dentist, Dr. Shirin Mashhoon, includes a routine oral and pharyngeal cancer screening. This includes a thorough examination of your tongue, throat, face, and neck for signs of swelling or discoloration. Be sure to tell your dentist about any increased risk factors you have.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of oral or pharyngeal cancer in Durham, North Carolina, you should not delay in calling Ninth Street Dental at 919-286-9090 to schedule an oral cancer screening.