Posted on 12/20/2018 by Dr. Simon K Choyee
|Early detection is a key to successfully battling any type of cancer. Many people depend on a health professional to look for the signs of cancer. It often means they wait too long to start any type of treatment. The answer to this is finding out how to perform self-exams to help detect cancer. There are a few things to know about how to perform an effective self-exam for oral cancer.
Start with Risk Factors
The first part of any self-exam for oral cancer is to consider the different risk factors. Some of the risk factors include smoking, family history or previous bouts of cancer. When you are at a higher risk for cancer, you need to take more time to do self-exams in addition to checking with a professional regularly.
Performing a Self-Exam
The key to a good self-exam is patience. It is not something to rush through. Take the time to check the different areas carefully. The areas that are most at risk for oral cancer include the sides of the tongue, the floor of the mouth, the soft palate, under the tongue and the tonsils.
A good self-exam will go through these areas.
A self-exam for oral cancer is the first step to getting help. If during the self-exam, you notice anything out of the ordinary do not ignore it and hope it will go away. Take the time to make an appointment with our office to get the help of one of our professionals.
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