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The American Dental Association conducted research and found that one out of every 92 adults will develop some form of oral cancer at some point in their life. Even though the average age of onset 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. On average, men are almost twice as likely to develop oral cancer as women.

Your dentist, Dr. Rai, suggests that all of our patients keep an eye out for the early warning signs of oral cancer.

Early symptoms of oral cancer might include a persistent pain in your mouth, which might also be associated with swelling or a lump in your cheek or gums. Red or white areas on your gums, tongue, and tonsils are also warning signs that should not be ignored.

Throat cancer can have symptoms that include a persistent sore throat or the feeling that there is a foreign object stuck in the back of your throat.

You should not take any of these symptoms lightly. Diagnosing oral or throat cancer early greatly increases your chances of a successful treatment.

Your dental checkup includes a basic oral cancer screening. This involves examining your tongue, throat, face, and neck for signs of swelling or discoloration. Be sure to tell your dentist about any increased risk factors for cancer.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of oral cancer in Stafford, VA, you should not delay in calling Rai Family Dentistry at 540-657-0867 to schedule an appointment.