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Many people think that cavities and gum disease are the primary oral health problems to worry about. However, oral and pharyngeal cancer is also very salient concerns that could affect your oral health and quality of life. Should they go undetected or untreated, these cancers could prove life-threatening.

Fortunately, every dental checkup performed by Dr. Roberto Macedo and his team includes a basic screening for early signs of oral and pharyngeal cancer. Early detection and diagnosis of these two types of cancer can significantly impact treatment success rates.

The University of Rochester Medical Center estimates that the 5-year relative survival rate for individuals with oral or pharyngeal cancer 83%. So long as the for cancer that has not spread to another part of the body.

This number drops to 62% for a case where the oral or pharyngeal cancer has spread to the nearby lymph nodes. In a severe case where the cancer has metastasized and spread to distant parts of the body, the survival rate further drops to 38%.

If you are experiencing any early symptoms of oral or pharyngeal cancer, you should not delay in having a screening administered at Dr. Roberto Macedo’s dental clinic.

This could include a persistent pain in your mouth, which could also be associated with swelling, or a lump in your cheek. Pharyngeal cancer might also cause a persistent sore throat, or a feeling like something is stuck in the back of your mouth.

If you live in the St. Petersburg, Florida, area and you have oral or pharyngeal cancer concerns, you should call 727-202-4459 to set up a screening at RM Advanced Center for Cosmetic Dentistry.