Research conducted 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. At the same time, statistics also show that males are nearly twice as likely to develop oral or pharyngeal cancer than females.
Detecting oral and pharyngeal cancer early improves your treatment options and treatment success.
In the early stages, oral cancer symptoms often include a persistent pain in your mouth, which might also be associated with 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 a feeling like something is stuck at the back of your throat.
Every dental checkup that your dentist, Dr. Michael Spencer, performs includes a routine oral and pharyngeal cancer screening. This includes a thorough examination of your tongue, throat, face, and neck for signs of swelling and discoloration. Be sure to mention any increased risk factors for oral cancer you might have.
If you are concerned that you might be developing oral or pharyngeal cancer in Jacksonville, Florida, you should call 904.355.5531 to schedule a checkup and cancer screening at Riverside Dental.