Get informed. Know the early signs of oral cancer. Early stage oral cancer is often asymptomatic – you may not FEEL it.
Watch out for:
- Persistent mouth sore
- Pain in mouth or ear
- Chronic hoarseness
- Non-tender lump in neck
- Abnormal swallowing
- Peculiar sore throat
Six Steps to a Thorough Oral Cancer Screening
Step 1: Tongue ‘n Gauze
Extend your tongue as far as it can go, examining the sides and underside for white and red patches, and feels your tongue for lumps. NOTE: This is the most common site of oral cancers in non-smokers.
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 white and red patches.
Step 4: Palate Tickle
Check the roof of your mouth for lumps and areas of softness on the hard palate, looking for white and red patches.
Step 5: Neck Caress
Palpate your neck for enlarged lymph nodes a possible sign of infection or something more serious.
Step 6: Tonsil Ahhhhhhh
Depress your tongue with a dental mirror, examining your tonsils for symmetry, enlargement, redness, or unusual bumps.