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It is estimated by the American Cancer Society that roughly 49,600 people will develop some form of oral or pharyngeal cancer each year. Approximately 9700 people will die from the disease each year.

Early detection of oral cancer is very important for improving long-term treatment success rates. This is part of the reason why the American Dental Association recommends having a routine dental checkup performed by a dentist like Dr. Richard J. Gawarzewski every six months.

While each checkup incorporates a professional dental cleaning and dental exam, it also includes a screening for signs of oral and pharyngeal cancer.

Dr. Richard J. Gawarzewski typically performs the screening at the end of the dental exam. This involves a brief inspection of your tongue, throat, face, and neck for any swelling or abnormal discoloration.

If an area of concern is found he will refer you to an oncologist or another specialist for a formal diagnosis, and to begin treatment The American Cancer Society estimates that with early diagnosis, the 5-year relative survival rate can be as high as 83%.

If you live in the Berlin, New Jersey, area and you have an oral health concern, you should call 856-767-0053 to schedule a dental checkup and screening at Richard J. Gawarzewski DMD, PA’s dental office.