While it might seem somewhat rare, oral and pharyngeal cancer actually affects people throughout the American population. In fact, the American Dental Association conducted a study that found one out of every 92 adults will develop some form of oral or pharyngeal cancer in their lifetime.
Even though the average age of detection is 62 years old, there are increased risk factors that can increase your chances of developing oral or pharyngeal cancer at a younger age. This includes a family history of oral cancer, tobacco use and alcohol abuse.
Early diagnosis of oral and pharyngeal cancer will greatly improve your chances for successful treatment. A persistent pain in your mouth, which might also be associated with swelling or a lump in your cheek or gums, can be a serious sign of oral cancer. This could also be associated with red or white areas 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.
Your regular dental checkup with your dentist, Dr. Drs. Paul and Faith Tetting, includes a basic screening for oral and pharyngeal cancer. This involves 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 for oral cancer.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of oral or pharyngeal cancer in Appleton, Wisconsin, you should not delay in calling Tetting & Tetting, D.D.S. at 920.739.9612 to schedule a checkup and screening.