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At the end of your regular dental checkup with your dentist, Dr. Mario J. Roybal, you will receive a basic oral cancer screening. Early detection of oral or pharyngeal cancer greatly increases the chances of having successful treatment.

The American Dental Association reports that one in 92 adults will develop some form of oral or pharyngeal cancer. The average age of detection is 62 years old. However, there are increased risk factors, like a family history of oral and pharyngeal cancer, tobacco use and increased alcohol consumption, that can cause oral cancer to develop at a younger age.

Early symptoms of oral or pharyngeal cancer might include a persistent pain in your mouth, oral swelling or a lump in your cheek. Pharyngeal cancer includes a persistent sore throat or the feeling of something being stuck in the back of your throat.

The oral cancer screening involves your dentist examining your tongue, throat, face, and neck for any swelling or abnormal discoloration. Make sure to tell him about any increased risk factors you might have for oral cancer or if you have experienced any of the early symptoms of oral or pharyngeal cancer.

If you have questions or concerns about oral and pharyngeal cancer in Biloxi, Mississippi, or if you are overdue for your regular dental checkup, please call Mario Roybal at 228-388-4519 to schedule an appointment today!