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There are several different aspects included in your dentist’s regular dental checkup and cleaning of your mouth. One of these key components is a basic screening for oral and pharyngeal cancer. Early detection greatly increases your treatment options and chances of successful recovery.

The American Dental Association reports that 1 in 92 adults will develop some form of oral or pharyngeal cancer in their life. Even though the average age of diagnosis is 62 years of age, other risk factors, like family history of oral and pharyngeal cancer, tobacco use and increased alcohol consumption, increases the chances of early onset.

Early symptoms of oral or pharyngeal cancer might include a persistent pain in your mouth, swelling or a lump in your cheek. Pharyngeal cancer symptoms may include a persistent sore throat or the feeling that something is stuck in the back of your throat.

At the end of your dental checkup, your dentist, Dr. Douglas Doran, will examine your tongue, throat, face and neck for any swelling or abnormal discoloration. Be sure to tell him about any increased risk factors for oral cancer you might have.

If you have questions or concerns about oral and pharyngeal cancer in Marlborough, Connecticut, you should call Rivereast Dental Group at 860.295.9536 to schedule your next checkup.