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The American Dental Association reports that on average, 1 out of every 92 adults will develop oral or pharyngeal cancer in their lifetime. While the average age of diagnosis is 62 years old, increased risk factors such as a family history of oral cancer, regular tobacco use, and excess alcohol consumption, increase your chances of developing oral or pharyngeal cancer at an earlier age.

Early detection of oral or pharyngeal cancer early, greatly increases your chances of a successful treatment.

Part of your regular dental checkup with Dr. Mark Curtis and Dr. Edward Reifman includes a basic oral cancer screening. During the screening he will examine your tongue, throat, face, and neck for signs of swelling or discoloration. Be sure to tell Dr. Mark Curtis and Dr. Edward Reifman about any increased risk factors you might have.

Early symptoms of oral or pharyngeal cancer might include a persistent pain in your mouth. This could also be associated with swelling or a lump in your cheek. Red or white areas on your gums, tongue and tonsil are also a cause for concern. Pharyngeal cancer is often a persistent sore throat or a feeling like a foreign object is stuck at the back of the throat.

Detecting oral and pharyngeal cancer early greatly increases your chances of a fast and successful treatment. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of oral or pharyngeal cancer, you should call Dr. Mark Curtis and Dr. Edward Reifman at 928-277-4754 to schedule an appointment.