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PEOPLE AFFECTED BY HEAD AND NECK CANCER:

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    The number of people diagnosed each year in the United States.

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    Men are three times more likely to develop a head and neck cancer than women.

HOW TO SCREEN AT HOME:

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    THYROID

    Using a mirror and a glass of water, tilt your head back and take a sip of water and swallow. As you swallow, observe your thyroid gland rise and the shape become visible. Look for asymmetry, lumps or enlargement.

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    MOUTH

    Inspect the inside of your mouth  for sores or ulcers. Check your gums, the roof of your mouth, around your tongue, inside your cheeks and your uvula or the drop-shaped tissue in the back of your mouth.

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    NECK

    Both side of the neck should be checked at the same time. This way, you can compare both sides of the neck and can help assist you in locating any abnormalities. 

WARNING SIGNS:

If you find any of these, please contact your primary care physician.

  • A sore or ulcer in your mouth. Carefully watch for changes over two or three weeks.
  • Any lumps or bumps on your neck.
  • Any asymmetry or enlargement on your thyroid.
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  • HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF:
    • tooth icon Have a yearly dental examination. Talk to your dentist about any dental  changes, numbness, or sensitivity.
    • stethoscope icon Have a yearly physical examination by your primary care physician.
    • alarm signal icon For high risk patients, more frequent physical examinations may be needed for early detection.
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