The routine dental checkup performed by Dr. Rafla and his clinical staff includes a thorough examination to detect signs of gum disease and oral cancer screening.
Early detection of oral or pharyngeal cancer early, greatly increases your chances of a successful treatment.
The ADA reports that 1 in 92 adults will develop some form of oral or pharyngeal cancer in their lifetime. 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.
The oral cancer screening involves examining your tongue, throat, face, and neck for any swelling or abnormal discoloration. It’s a good idea to let them know about any increased risk factors for oral cancer you might have.
If you have questions or concerns about oral cancer, or you are overdue for your regular dental checkup please call us at 508-363-4400 to schedule an appointment.