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How do you do a self-exam for oral cancer?

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Do this self-exam at least once a month. Using a bright light and a mirror, look and feel your lips and the front of your gums. Tilt your head back and look at and feel the roof of your mouth. Pull your cheeks out to view the inside of your mouth, the lining of your cheeks, and the back gums. Pull out your tongue and look at all surfaces; examine the floor of your mouth. Look at the back of your throat. Feel for lumps or enlarged lymph nodes in both sides of your neck and under your lower jaw. Call your dentist's office immediately if you notice any changes or symptoms of oral cancer.

From: Oral Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: Detailed Guide: Oral Cavity and Oropharyngeal Cancer."

Mayo Clinic: "Mouth cancer."

Oral Cancer Foundation: "Oral Cancer Facts."

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on January 23, 2017

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: Detailed Guide: Oral Cavity and Oropharyngeal Cancer."

Mayo Clinic: "Mouth cancer."

Oral Cancer Foundation: "Oral Cancer Facts."

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on January 23, 2017

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