This week, we're going to cover the signs of early oral cancer, and how to know if you've gotten a thorough oral cancer screening.
Watch out for the following signs:
- Changes to the oral tissue such as a red or a white patch, or changes to the texture
- Persistent sore throat
- Difficulty swallowing
- Chronic sore throat
- Lump in neck - especially if it doesn't bother you
- Mouth or ear pain
Your dentist or hygienist will:
Step 2 - Lip & Cheek Roll: Feel for lumps or bumps, looking for white or red areas that should not be there.
Step 3 - Double-Digit Probe: Examine the floor of your mouth from the top and bottom simultaneously for lumps, looking for red and white patches.
Step 5 - Neck Caress: Palpate your neck for enlarged lymph nodes - a possible sign of infection or something more serious.
Step 6 - Tonsil Ahhhhh: Depress your tongue with a dental mirror, examining your tonsils for symmetry, enlargement, redness, or unusual bumps.
Know your mouth. We are told to do self-exams for the breasts and prostate. We are told to check our skin for spots with irregular borders. Now, it's time to check your mouth! Click here to download the self-exam sheet.