- Feel both sides of your neck and under your jaw for areas of tenderness or lumps.
- Both sides should look the same.
- Look for bumps or swelling that change symmetry.
- With your fingers, pull out each lip and look for sores or color changes inside of your lips or on your gums.
- Feel for lumps within your lips and tissue around your lip.
- Use your index finger to pull your cheek out.
- Look inside your cheek for sores or color changes in tissue.
- Use your thumb and index finger to feel for lumps anywhere in the cheek or in surrounding tissue.
- Repeat on the other side.
- Use your thumb and finger to pull back your upper lip and examine your gum line.
- Look for any discoloration or sores on the gums.
- Be sure to look at the gums in front of behind the teeth.
- Use your thumb and index finger to hold the end of your tongue.
- Stick out your tongue as far as you can.
- Use your finger and thumb to pull your tongue from side to side.
- Look at the surface for color changes, sores or bumps.
- Elevate your tongue.
- Look for changes in the tissue (color changes, sores, bumps) under your tongue
- Tilt your head back and look at the roof of your mouth/palate.
- Look for sores, bumps, or color changes in the tissue.
Concerning Signs or Symptoms of Mouth and Throat Cancer:
- Mouth sores or ulcerations that do not heal in 2-3 weeks
- Red or white patches in the mouth
- Soreness or swelling in the neck or under the chin
- A change in voice such as hoarseness
- Pain during swallowing or difficulty swallowing and/or chewing
- Ongoing earache
If you have lesions similar to those shown below see your physician IMMEDIATELY!
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