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A study published by the American Dental Association found that each year one in 92 adults are diagnosed with some form of oral or pharyngeal cancer. Certain factors, like a family history of oral cancer, tobacco use and frequent alcohol consumption, increase your chances of developing oral cancer. Early detection of these oral health maladies is important for treatment success.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should not delay in contacting Valerie A. Foster, DMD, PC to schedule an initial screening for oral or pharyngeal cancer.

Oral cancer symptoms often start out with a persistent pain in your mouth, which might also be associated with swelling or a lump in your cheek or gums. You might also notice red or white patches on your gums, tongue or tonsils.

Pharyngeal cancer, also known as throat cancer, can have symptoms that include a persistent sore throat or a feeling like something is stuck at the back of your throat.

An oral cancer screening is included in your routine dental exam at Dr. Valerie Foster’s dental office. This includes a thorough examination of your tongue, throat, face and neck for signs of swelling or discoloration. Be sure to mention any increased risk factors for oral cancer you might have.

If Dr. Valerie Foster finds any overt signs of oral or pharyngeal cancer, she will refer you to a specialist for further diagnosis and treatment.

If you live in the Aloha, Oregon, area and you are experiencing symptoms of oral or pharyngeal cancer, you should call 503.649.7011 to schedule a screening with Dr. Valerie Foster.