The American Dental Association estimates that 1 in 92 adults will develop oral or pharyngeal cancer at some point in their life. The average age of onset is 62 years old. Statistically men are almost twice as likely to develop oral cancer than women. Bad habits like regular tobacco use and alcohol abuse can greatly increase the chances of developing oral cancer earlier in life.
The basic oral cancer screening is performed at the end of your regular dental checkup. The dentist will check your tongue, throat, face, and neck. It’s a good idea to tell the dentist in advance, about any increased risk factors for oral cancer you might have. This includes a family history of oral cancer or lifestyle habits like regular alcohol and tobacco use.
Early symptoms include a persistent pain in your mouth, swelling or a lump in your cheek. This could also be accompanied by a white or red area on the gums, tongue, tonsil. A persistent sore throat or a feeling like there is something stuck in the back of the throat are also common symptoms of pharyngeal cancer.
Early detection of oral and pharyngeal cancer greatly increases your chances of a successful treatment. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of oral or pharyngeal cancer, you should call us at 360-666-5700 FREE to schedule an appointment.