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According to the American Cancer Society, every year over 49,000 people will develop some form of oral or pharyngeal cancer. While a patient may experience minor discomfort at first, if oral cancer is not treated, it can have severe complications and can be fatal.

It’s also worth noting that early detection of oral and pharyngeal cancer can significantly increase the success rate of treatment. The University of Rochester Medical Center estimates that the 5-year relative survival rates for oral and pharyngeal cancer patients are 83% if cancer has not spread to other parts of the body.

Unfortunately, these numbers start to drop significantly if cancer spreads to a nearby lymph node another part of the body.

Your regularly scheduled dental checkups at Carolyn Walker’s clinic includes a screening for early signs of oral and pharyngeal cancer. If you are experiencing any early symptoms of oral cancer between checkups, you should call your dentist for an appointment.

Unusual symptoms such as lingering pain in your mouth, as well as swelling, or a lump in your cheek, or gums, should not be ignored. You should talk to your dentist is you have red, or white areas on your gums, tongue, or tonsils.

Pharyngeal cancer symptoms can include a persistent sore throat, or a feeling of something stuck in the back of your throat. You may have trouble swallowing.

In some cases, people experiencing early signs of oral or pharyngeal cancer also experience flu-like symptoms, which might include respiratory problems, a low-grade fever, inflammation, body aches, and joint pain.

If you live in the San Antonio, Texas, area, and you have concerns about oral or pharyngeal cancer, you should call 210-698-1010 to schedule a checkup and screening at Carolyn Walker.