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The American Dental Association estimates that one out of every 92 adults will develop some form of oral or pharyngeal cancer in their lifetime. Early detection and diagnosis of oral cancer early will improve your chances of successful treatment.

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. Statistically, males are almost twice as likely to develop oral or pharyngeal cancer than females.

Initial 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.

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

When your dentist, Dr. Joan M. Jupina, performs a routine dental checkup, she includes a routine oral and pharyngeal cancer screening. This includes a thorough examination of your tongue, throat, face, and neck for signs of swelling or discoloration. Be sure to tell Dr. Joan M. Jupina about any increased risk factors for oral cancer that you might have.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of oral or pharyngeal cancer in Hayward, California, you should not delay in calling 510.783.1414 to schedule a checkup and cancer screening at Jupina Dental.