Research published by the American Dental Association states that 1 out of every 92 adults will develop some form of oral or pharyngeal cancer at some point in their life. Even though the average age of onset 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. On the average men are almost twice as likely to develop oral or pharyngeal cancer than women.
Our team of dental professionals at Masterpiece Dental suggest that all of our patients keep an eye out for the early warning signs of oral or pharyngeal cancer.
Early symptoms of oral cancer might include a persistent pain in your mouth, which might also be associated with swelling or a lump in your cheek or gums. Red or white areas on your gums, tongue and tonsils are also warning signs that should not be ignored.
Pharyngeal cancer, more commonly referred to as throat cancer can have symptoms that includes a persistent sore throat or a feeling like there is a foreign object stuck at the back of your throat.
You should not take any of these symptoms lightly. Diagnosing oral or pharyngeal cancer early, greatly increases your chances of a successful treatment.
Your Masterpiece Dental dental checkup includes a basic oral cancer screening. This involves examining your tongue, throat, face, and neck for signs of swelling or discoloration. Be sure to tell your dentist about any increased risk factors for oral cancer or pharyngeal cancer. This would include things 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 calling Masterpiece Dental’s office in American Fork, Utah at 801.756.5136 to schedule an appointment.