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Each dental exam performed at Garth Collins, DDS includes a basic screening for early signs of oral and pharyngeal cancer. Early detection of these serious oral health maladies can significantly increase your long term treatment success rate. The American Dental Association estimates that the 5-year relative survival rate for an individual with localized disease diagnosis is 83%, compared with only 38% for patients with metastatic cancer.

If you experience symptoms of oral or pharyngeal cancer between exams, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Garth Collins.

You should beware of symptoms of oral cancer such as a persistent pain in your mouth, which might also be associated with swelling or a lump in your cheek or gums. You should also be concerned about any red or white areas on your gums, tongue, or tonsils.

Early pharyngeal cancer symptoms might include a persistent sore throat or a feeling like something is stuck at the back of your throat.

If Dr. Garth Collins finds any areas of concern during the oral cancer screening, he can refer you to an oncologist or another specialist for further diagnosis and treatment.

If you are in the Folsom, California, area and you are experiencing any of the symptoms of oral or pharyngeal cancer, you should not delay in calling 916.985.2550 to schedule a checkup and screening at Garth Collins, DDS.