Kalaheo Dental Group
Dr. Michael Lutwin, DDS and Dr. Ron Quade, DDS

How can I perform an oral cancer self exam?

  • Use a mirror and a bright light
  • Remove any removable partials or full dentures
  • Look and feel lips and front of gums for any lumps or bumps that do NOT move
  • Tilt your head back and inspect the roof of your mouth
  • Pull your cheek out to see the inside surface and gums in the rear
  • Pull out your tongue and look at all surfaces

What am I looking for?

  • White patches
  • Red Patches
  • Combination of red and white patches
  • Sores
  • Abnormal lumps or thickening
  • Chronic sore throat/hoarseness
  • Difficulty chewing/swallowing
  • Masses or lumps in the neck that are not bilateral (same on both sides)

***If you have any concerns about an abnormality in your mouth or throat please call us ASAP to evaluate.
   
Additional Resources:

https://www.sixstepscreening.org/self-exam/

http://checkyourmouth.org/

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/Oral-Cancer-Slideshow?utm_source=mouthhealthyorg&utm_medium=mhrotator&utm_content=oral-cancer-awareness

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