Research published by the American Dental Association found that 1 out of every 92 adults will develop some form of oral or pharyngeal cancer in their lifetime. The average age of onset is 62 years old. However, increased risk factors such as a family history or oral cancer, regular tobacco use and increased alcohol consumption, can cause you to develop oral cancer at a younger age. On the average men are almost twice as likely to develop oral cancer than women.
Early detection of oral or pharyngeal cancer early, greatly increases your chances of a successful treatment.
Your regular 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. Be sure to tell them, about any increased risk factors for oral cancer, such as a family history of oral cancer as well as regular alcohol or tobacco use.
Early symptoms of oral or pharyngeal cancer might include a persistent pain in your mouth, which could also be associated with swelling or a lump in your cheek. Red or white areas on your gums, tongue and tonsil are also a cause for concern. People that develop pharyngeal cancer often experience a persistent sore throat or a feeling like a foreign object is stuck at the back of the throat.
Detecting oral and pharyngeal cancer early greatly increases your chances of a fast and successful treatment. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of oral or pharyngeal cancer, you should Rahn Dental Group at (937) 435-0324 to schedule an appointment.