Having a routine dental checkup performed twice a year isn’t just important for the prevention and treatment of gum disease and tooth decay. This important outpatient appointment also helps detect the early stages of other oral health problems, including the development of oral and pharyngeal cancer.
Each dental exam performed at Eudoro Vallejo includes Dr. Eudoro Vallejo performing an oral cancer screening. It involves examining your mouth for any troubled areas, inflammation, or discoloration.
Oral and pharyngeal cancers are more prevalent in the elder population. However, certain risk factors can lead to them developing at a younger age. This is even more likely if you have a family history of oral cancers, use tobacco, or frequently consume alcohol.
If you have any oral or pharyngeal cancer concerns between your dental exams, you should set up an appointment at Eudoro Vallejo as soon as possible.
Initial symptoms of a developing oral cancer might include a persistent pain in your mouth, swelling, or a lump in your cheek. Pharyngeal cancer symptoms could also include a persistent sore throat or a feeling that something is stuck in lodged in the rear of the mouth.
If Dr. Vallejo notes any aberrations of concern he will refer you to an oncologist or another specialist to confirm the diagnosis. This is often the first step in an effective treatment process. If the cancerous tissues are limited to your mouth or throat, your treatment success rates are good. If the cancer has spread to the nearby lymph node or another part of the body treatment success rates decrease.
If you live in Hackensack, New Jersey, region and you have oral or pharyngeal cancer concerns, you should call 201-457-9595 to schedule an appointment at Eudoro Vallejo.