- Oral Cancer
- Dentist / RDH
- Six-Step Screening
- Book Eva to Speak
Watch out for:
The dentist or dental hygienist will:
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.
Feel for lumps or bumps, looking for white or red areas that should not be there.
Examine the floor of your mouth from the top and bottom simultaneously for lumps, looking for white and red patches.
Check the roof of your mouth for lumps and areas of softness on the hard palate, looking for white and red patches.
Palpate your neck for enlarged lymph nodes a possible sign of infection or something more serious.
Depress your tongue with a dental mirror, examining your tonsils for symmetry, enlargement, redness, or unusual bumps.
If your dental provider does a thorough oral cancer screening at every visit, recommend them for a Dental Lifesaver Award.
Photos of Barbara Boland, RDH, Stage I oral cancer survivor and co-creator of the six steps.
Know your mouth. We are told to do self-exams for the breasts and the prostate. We are told to check our skin for spots with irregular borders. Now, it’s time to check your mouth! Here is a self-exam: