Oral and pharyngeal cancers are sometimes perceived as an oral health condition that is limited to the elderly population. While your chances of developing one of these cancers does increase with age, they can still develop at any point in your life.
This is more likely to occur if you have an increased risk factor for oral or pharyngeal cancer. This could include a family history of the ailment, chronic alcohol consumption, or long-term tobacco use.
Every dental exam that Dr. Brian Frandsen performs includes a screening for early signs of oral and pharyngeal cancer. This includes inspecting your neck, tongue, cheek, and throat and other oral tissues.
If you notice an abnormality in between your dental exams, you should not ignore it. This could include a lingering pain in your mouth, which might also be associated with swelling or a lump in your cheek or gums. This could also include a red or white area on your gums, tongue, or tonsils.
Initial symptoms of pharyngeal cancer development might also include a persistent sore throat or a feeling like something is stuck at the back of your throat.
If you experience any of these symptoms you should not hesitate to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brian Frandsen and the oral care specialists at Frandsen Dental.
If you live in the West Jordan, Utah, area, and you are experiencing early symptoms of oral or pharyngeal cancer, you should call 801-890-0030 to schedule a checkup and screening at Frandsen Dental.