Intra Oral Self-Exam
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 cavity 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 Self-Exam (Face and neck)

1. Jaw Junction

Jaw Junction

Slide down in front of ear from above to below ear

3. Side Neck Muscle

Grab SCM: Chin right, feel left. Chin left, feel right.

5. Chin Down Under Jaw

Palms up, fingers away from you. Feel under jaw bone.

2. Behind Ears Nodes

Behind Ears and Down the Neck

Start behind ear. Slide down along 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