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Every dental checkup administered at Dr. Dhiraj Sharma’s dental office includes a professional dental cleaning, dental exam and a basic screening for early signs of oral and pharyngeal cancer. Catching oral health problems early can significantly improve treatment success rates. This is especially true for oral and pharyngeal cancer.

The University of Rochester Medical Center notes that the 5-year relative survival rate for patients suffering from oral or pharyngeal cancer 83%. This percentage significantly decreases if delayed diagnosis allows cancer spread to a nearby lymph node or another part of the body.

Early symptoms of oral or pharyngeal cancer should not be ignored. Any abnormalities should be examined by our dentist as soon as possible.

A persistent pain in your mouth, which could also be associated with swelling, or a lump in your cheek could be an early symptom of oral cancer. At the same time many forms of pharyngeal cancer can also cause a persistent sore throat, or a feeling like something is stuck in the back of your mouth.

If Dr. Dhiraj Sharma finds any areas of concern during the cancer screening he will refer you to an oncologist or other specialist to confirm a diagnosis and start treatment.

If you live in the Chicago, Illinois, area and you have oral or pharyngeal cancer concerns, you should call 773-284-1645 to set up a screening appointment at American Dental Associates.