Understanding Symptoms of Oral and Pharyngeal Cancer Can Aid in Early Detection

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It’s estimated by the American Dental Association that oral and pharyngeal cancer will affect one in 92 Americans at some point in their life. Early detection of these serious oral health conditions can improve your treatment options and chances for treatment success.

Every dental checkup administered at Dr. Omar Damji’s Atlanta, Georgia, clinic, includes a screening for signs of oral and pharyngeal cancer. This includes examining your neck, tongue, cheek, and throat. Let Dr. Damji know about any increased risk factors for oral cancer you might have. This would include things like a family history of oral cancer as well as frequent alcohol or tobacco use.

It’s important to be mindful of any symptoms between dental checkups. If you have a concern about oral or pharyngeal cancer, you should not hesitate to schedule an earlier checkup.

Initial symptoms of oral cancer include a persistent pain in your mouth, which might also be associated with swelling or a lump in your cheek or gums. You also should not dismiss a red or white area on your gums, tongue, or tonsils.

Pharyngeal cancer can often include a persistent sore throat or a feeling like something is stuck at the back of your throat.

If you are experiencing symptoms of oral or pharyngeal cancer and you live in the Atlanta, Georgia, area, you should call 404-633-1853 to schedule a checkup and screening at Executive Park Dentistry.