Your routine dental checkup is designed to address the multiple aspects involved in maintaining good oral health. This also includes a basic cancer screening for any signs of oral and pharyngeal cancer. Early detection is important for treatment success.
The American Dental Association reports 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, 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 younger age.
Your dentists, Drs. Ferguson, Batra, and Smith, will perform the oral cancer screening at the end of your dental checkup and cleaning. This involves inspecting your tongue, throat, face, and neck for any swelling or abnormal discoloration. Be sure to let your dentists know about any increased risk factors for oral cancer.
If we detect any signs of oral or pharyngeal cancer, we will refer you to a specialist or oncologist to start the diagnosis and treatment process.
If you are concerned that you might be developing oral or pharyngeal cancer in Kimball, Michigan, you should call 810.985.3301 to schedule a checkup and oral cancer screening at our office.