At the end of your routine dental checkup and cleaning Dr. Douglas B Ball conducts a basic oral cancer screening. Early detection of oral or pharyngeal cancer will greatly increases the chances of successful treatment.
The ADA estimates that 1 in 92 adults will develop some form of oral or pharyngeal cancer. Even though the average age of detection is 62 years of age increased risk factors like a family history of oral and pharyngeal cancer, tobacco use and increased alcohol consumption, increase your chances of developing oral cancer at an earlier age.
Initial 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. Early symptoms of pharyngeal cancer include a persistent sore throat or a feeling like something is stuck in the back of your throat.
During the oral cancer screening Dr. Douglas B Ball inspects your tongue, throat, face, and neck for any swelling or abnormal discoloration. Make sure to mention any increased risk factors for oral cancer you are aware of.
If you have questions or concerns about oral and pharyngeal cancer, or you are overdue for your regular dental checkup you should call Dr. Douglas B Ball at 801.224.6165 to set up an appointment.