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It’s estimated by the American Dental Association 1 in 92 adults will develop some form of oral or pharyngeal cancer in their lifetime. On the average, men are twice as likely to develop oral cancer than women. While the average age of detection is 62 years old, increased risk factors such as a family history of oral cancer, tobacco use, and alcohol abuse increase your chances of developing oral cancer earlier.

Early detection of oral or pharyngeal cancer greatly increases your chances of a successful treatment. Dr. Truong Nguyen advises you to watch out for a few of the initial symptoms of oral and pharyngeal cancer.

Initial symptoms of oral or pharyngeal cancer often include a persistent pain in your mouth, and often is connected with swelling or a lump in your cheek. Red or white areas on your gums, tongue and tonsil should also not be taken lightly. People that develop pharyngeal cancer often experience a persistent sore throat or a feeling like a foreign object is stuck at the back of the throat.

At Always Dental Care, our regular dental checkup includes a basic oral cancer screening. During the screening the dentist will examine your tongue, throat, face, and neck for signs of swelling or discoloration. Let Always Dental Care know about any increased risk factors for oral cancer, such as a family history of oral cancer, as well as regular alcohol or tobacco use.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of oral or pharyngeal cancer, or you are due for your next dental checkup, you should call Always Dental Care at 484.392.7687 to schedule an appointment.