Oral Cancer Self Exam

Early detection of oral cancer is key in beating the disease!  Regularly screening yourself at home and attending dental appointments at least twice a year can be a matter of life and death. 

So pull out your mirrors and flashlights folks, and get ready to say AH!

What to look for:

  • Any ulcers, red, bumps, or white spots that do not go away within 2 weeks.  One of the most common signs of cancer is an ulcer that does not heal.  These often go unnoticed because they can be painless. 
  • Stick your tongue out as far as it can go, pull it to each side, and push it to the roof of your mouth.  The most common places for oral cancer are the sides of the tongue and floor of the mouth.
  • Say “Ah!” A sore throat is associated with a laundry list of issues including allergies, the common cold, strep throat, but is also a sign of HPV or Human Papilloma Virus.
  • Pull out your lips and look in every nook and cranny!

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