More than 30,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal (throat) cancer this year. Fortunately, early detection of cancer and pre-cancerous conditions provides a higher probability of cure. Regular dental examinations are an invaluable part of early cancer detection and treatment.
Normally, the inside of the mouth appears pink and smooth. Certain changes within the mouth may indicate an abnormality that should be treated immediately. Some of these changes may include: