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Some people are lulled into the notion that oral and pharyngeal cancer only afflict the elderly. When in fact increased risk factors, such as a family history of oral cancer, tobacco use and alcohol abuse, increase your chances of developing oral cancer at a much younger age. It is also worth noting that, statistically, men are almost twice as likely to develop oral or pharyngeal cancer than women.

Initial symptoms of oral cancer often include a lingering pain in your mouth; this might also include swelling or a lump in your cheek or gums. This usually happens in conjunction with red or white patches on your gums, tongue, or tonsils.

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

Each dental checkup performed by Drs. DeMercy and Kossick includes a thorough screening for oral and pharyngeal cancer. Before the screening, be sure to tell your dentists about any increased risk factors for oral cancer, such as a family history of oral cancer as well as regular alcohol or tobacco use.

If you are experiencing any symptoms of oral or pharyngeal cancer and you live in the Roswell, Georgia, area, you should call 770.641.8010 to have a checkup and screening at DeMercy Dental.