Head and Neck Cancer Self-Screening: Infographic
The number of people diagnosed each year in the United States.
Men are three times more likely to develop a head and neck cancer than women.
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.
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.
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.