According to the American Dental Association 1 in 92 adults will develop oral or pharyngeal cancer at some point in their life. The average age of detection is 62. On the average, men are almost twice as likely to develop oral cancer than women. Lifestyle choices like regular tobacco use and alcohol abuse can greatly increase the chances of developing oral cancer earlier in life.
The basic oral cancer screening at the end of your regular dental check up involves an examination of your tongue, throat, face, and neck. During the screening you should let your dentist know 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 detection or oral and pharyngeal cancer greatly increases your chances of a successful treatment.
Common symptoms include a persistent pain in your mouth, a lump or swelling in your cheek. It could also include a white or red area on the gums, tongue, tonsil. A persistent sore throat or a sensation that there’s something stuck in the back of the throat are also common symptoms of pharyngeal cancer.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of oral or pharyngeal cancer, you should call us at 816-822-0990 to schedule an appointment.