Intra Oral Six-Step Screening SELF Exam for oral cancer (Inside mouth)
oral cancer self exam
  1. Floor *
  2. Roof
  3. Cheeks
  4. Lips
  5. Tongue *
  6. Back of throat

* Examine extra carefully the tongue and floor of mouth. These two sites account for roughly 60% of all oral cancers.

What you need:

Bright light (flashlight)
Washcloth or gauze (To pull out tongue)

What to look for:

Color difference
Texture change

Something look odd?

Take a pic and make an appointment with your dentist.

Extra Oral Six-Step Screening SELF Exam for oropharyngeal cancer (Face and neck)

1. Jaw Junction

Jaw Junction

Jaw Junction

3. Side Neck Muscle

Side Neck Muscle (SCM): Chin right, feel the left. Chin left, feel the right.

5. Chin Down Under Jaw

Palms up, fingers towards you, hook fingers under jaw bone, feel around.

2. Start Behind Ears and Move Down the Neck

Behind Ears and Down the Neck

Behind Ears and Down the Neck

4. Gullet Grab ‘n Swallow

Gullet Grab ‘n Swallow

6. Clavicle Clutch: Rounded Shoulder Hunch

Clavicle Clutch

What to feel for:

Lumps and bumps

How to feel for it:

Firm pressure to feel a deep node

Something feel odd?

Make an appointment with an ENT (Ear Nose & Throat/Head & Neck Doctor)

Photos by Jeremy Cohen