Your routine dental checkup at Dr. Jade Moellendorf’s dental office is very important for cleaning your teeth and detecting early signs of cavities, gum disease, and other oral health conditions. It also includes a basic screening for oral and pharyngeal cancer.
These serious oral health conditions can cause significant discomfort and could potentially prove to be life-threatening. Early detection of these two types of cancer can significantly impact treatment success rates.
The University of Rochester Medical Center notes that The 5-year relative survival rates for cancers of the oral cavity and pharynx (throat) are: 83% for cancer that has not spread. 62% for cancer that has spread to nearby lymph nodes. 38% for cancer that has spread to distant parts of the body.
If you are experiencing any early symptoms of oral or pharyngeal cancer, you should not delay in having a screening performed by Dr. Jade Moellendorf. This might include a persistent pain in your mouth, which could also be associated with swelling, or a lump in your cheek. Pharyngeal cancer symptoms also include a persistent sore throat or a feeling like something is stuck in the back of your mouth.
If you live in the Salt Lake City, Utah, area and you are experiencing early symptoms of oral or pharyngeal cancer, you should call 855-438-4764 to set up a screening at iSmile.