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Your regular dental checkup with Stephen Huber’s dentists has many facets. While the primary focus tends to fall on detecting tooth decay and gum disease, it also includes a basic oral cancer screening.

The American Dental Association reports that 1 in 92 adults will develop some form of oral or pharyngeal cancer in their lifetime. While the average age of diagnosis is 62 years of age other, however, risk factors like a 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, which could also be associated with swelling or a lump in your cheek. Pharyngeal cancer symptoms also include a persistent sore throat or a feeling like something is stuck in the back of your mouth.

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

Early detection greatly increases your treatment options and chances of treatment success.

If you have questions or concerns about oral and pharyngeal cancer, you should call Stephen Huber’s clinic in Leawood, Kansas at 913-543-3751 to ask questions or schedule a screening.