Your Dental Exam Includes a Screening for Early Signs of Oral and Pharyngeal Cancer

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Each dental checkup performed at Dr. Michael Hall’s Bend, Oregon clinic is designed to address all the important involved in maintaining good oral health in the long-term. The cancer screening is administered at the end of your routine dental checkup. It involves your dentist examining your tongue, throat, face, and neck for any swelling or abnormal discoloration. It’s important to let your dentist know about any increased risk factors for oral cancer.

Even though the average age of diagnosis is 62 years of age, it is possible to develop oral and pharyngeal cancer at a younger age. Increased risk factors like a family history of oral cancer, tobacco use, and alcohol abuse increase your chances of developing oral cancer at a younger age. Early detection of oral and pharyngeal cancer significantly improves your chances of treatment success.

Should the dentist find any signs of concern, they will refer you to a specialist specific diagnosis and treatment. Early detection increases your treatment options and chances for long-term remission. If you have any concerns between your regular dental exams, you shouldn’t delay in scheduling an earlier screening.

If you’re concerned about oral, or pharyngeal cancer, you should call 541-389-0300 to schedule a checkup and screening at Central Oregon Dental Center’s clinic.