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Dr. James D. Schuette’s routine dental checkup concludes with a cursory oral cancer screening. This is basically a quick examination of your tongue, throat, face, and neck for any signs of swelling or abnormal discoloration. It’s a good idea to let them know about any increased risk factors for oral cancer you might have. Early detection of oral or pharyngeal cancer greatly improves treatment options and success rates.

Research conducted by the American Dental Association reports that each year 1 in 92 adults are diagnosed with some form of oral or pharyngeal cancer. While the average age of detection 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 earlier.

If you have questions or concerns about oral cancer, or you’ve noticed any abnormal swelling, pain or redness in your mouth or throat, you should not delay in having it professionally examined. Be sure to let Dr. James D. Schuette know about any risk factors you might have.

If you have questions or concerns about oral or pharyngeal cancer, or you are due for your next dental checkup, you should contact Dr. James D. Schuette’s office in Lee’s Summit, Missouri at 816-554-7656 to set up an appointment.