There are several critical aspects to your regular dental checkup has several different facets. The end of the check up consists of an oral cancer screening where your dentist will examine your tongue, throat, face, and neck. This cursory inspection looks for swelling, discoloration of tissues or other possible symptoms of oral cancer.
It’s a good idea to let your dentist 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. Let them know if you’ve experienced chronic sore throat problems, or if you feel like there is something stuck in the back of your throat. These are potential warning signs of pharyngeal cancer.
The American Dental Association reports that 1 out of every 92 adults will develop oral or pharyngeal cancer at some point in their life. The average age of detection is 62 years old. Men are almost twice as likely to develop oral cancer than women. Increased risk factors like regular tobacco use and frequent alcohol consumption can greatly increase the chances of developing oral cancer at a younger age.
Early detection of oral and pharyngeal cancer greatly increases your chances of a successful treatment. If you have questions or concerns about oral cancer, or you have oral or pharyngeal cancer symptoms please call us at 770-536-8868 to schedule an appointment.