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Studies conducted by the American Dental Association found that statistically, 1 out of every 92 adults will develop some form of oral or pharyngeal cancer in their lifetime. 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 at a younger age.

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 patches 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 that something is stuck at the back of your throat.

When your Crossroads Dental dentist, Dr. Carol Halloran, administers a routine dental checkup, it includes a cursory oral and pharyngeal cancer screening. This includes 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 you have for oral cancer.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of oral or pharyngeal cancer in Waterloo, Iowa, you should not delay in calling Crossroads Dental at 319.291.3908 for a thorough examination.