Since the average age of detection is 62, some people disregard oral and pharyngeal cancer as a disease reserved for the elderly. However, increased risk factors, like tobacco use, alcohol consumption and a family history of oral and pharyngeal cancer, can increase your chances of development at an earlier age.
Identifying symptoms and early diagnosis at Lexington Heights Dental can improve treatment options and treatment success. To that end, Drs. Lohner and Jimmer offer the following symptoms to be mindful of.
Early symptoms of oral cancer include a persistent pain in your mouth, which might also be associated with swelling or a lump in your cheek or gums. This could also include red or white areas on your gums, tongue, or tonsils.
Early symptoms of pharyngeal cancer include a persistent sore throat or a feeling like something is stuck at the back of your throat.
Each dental checkup performed at our clinic includes a basic screening for signs of 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 let Dr. Lohner and Jimmer know about any increased risk factors for oral cancer you might have. This would include things like a family history of oral cancer as well as frequent alcohol or tobacco use.
If you are experiencing symptoms of oral or pharyngeal cancer in Cedar Hills, Utah, you should call 801-756-2006 to schedule a checkup and screening with our dentists.