It might be surprising to hear that oral and pharyngeal cancer are more prevalent in the American population than some might think. Statistical research published by the American Dental Association found that each year one in 92 adults are diagnosed with some form of oral or pharyngeal cancer.
While the average age of detection is 62 years old, there are other increased risk factors that can cause oral and pharyngeal cancer early on. This includes things like a family history of oral cancer, tobacco use and alcohol abuse. These can increase your chances of developing oral cancer at a younger age. Early detection of oral and pharyngeal cancer significantly improves your chances of treatment success.
Each dental checkup performed at Robinson Wolfgramm Dental is designed to address all the important elements that go into maintaining a good oral health in the long term. The cancer screening is administered at the end of your routine dental checkup. It involves your dentist examining your tongue, throat, face, and neck for any swelling or abnormal discoloration. It’s important to let your dentist know about any increased risk factors for oral cancer.
Should Dr. Taylor Robinson find any signs of concern, he will refer you to a specialist for specific diagnosis and treatment.
If you’re concerned about oral or pharyngeal cancer in Provo, Utah, you should call 801-373-2060 to schedule a checkup and screening at Robinson Wolfgramm Dental.