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Every year, oral and pharyngeal cancer threatens the health of thousands of Americans. Early detection and diagnosis of oral cancer will improve your chances of successful treatment. To that end, Dr. Honey Fiasconaro advises you to be mindful of the symptoms of oral and pharyngeal cancer.

Even though the average age of detection is 62 years old, increased risk factors, such as a family history of oral cancer, tobacco use and regular alcohol consumption, increase your chances of developing oral cancer at a younger age. It is also worth noting that statistically males are almost twice as likely to develop oral or pharyngeal cancer than females.

Early symptoms of oral cancer often include a persistent pain in your mouth, which might also be associated with swelling or a lump in your cheek or gums. This usually happens in conjunction with red or white areas on your gums, tongue, or tonsils.

Early symptoms of pharyngeal cancer might include a persistent sore throat or a feeling like something is stuck at the back of your throat.

Every dental checkup performed at Cenla Dentistry includes a thorough screening for oral and pharyngeal cancer. Before the screening, be sure to tell your dentist about any increased risk factors for oral cancer you might have.

If you’re experiencing symptoms of oral or pharyngeal cancer in Pineville, Louisiana, you should call 318-640-3200 to schedule a checkup and screening at Cenla Dentistry.