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Oral and pharyngeal cancer is often more prevalent than most people realize. In fact, research published by the American Dental Association estimates that one in 92 adults are diagnosed with some form of oral or pharyngeal cancer annually.

The average age of diagnosis is 62 years old. However, it is not a disease that only afflicts the elderly. 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 much younger age.

Early detection of oral and pharyngeal cancer will improve your treatment options and is critical for treatment success. To that end, every dental checkup performed at High Desert Dental includes an oral cancer screening. This involves inspecting your tongue, throat, face, and neck for any swelling or abnormal discoloration. Be sure to let Drs. Fethke and Kooyman know about any increased risk factors for oral cancer you might have.

Early detection improves the chances of treatment success for oral and pharyngeal cancer. If our dentists have any concerns that you might have developed a problem, they will refer you to a specialist to seek further treatment.

If you are concerned that you may have developed oral or pharyngeal cancer in Boise, Idaho, you should call 208-343-4732 to schedule a checkup and screening at High Desert Dental.