The 7 Steps To Do A Neck Check Of Your Thyroid Gland
Like many of the other self check for other cancers the thyroid neck check should be done on a regular basis. If there is a family history of thyroid problems this is very important as thyroid problems tend to run in families.
What you need:
a hand mirror
a glass of water
How to do the self check of the thyroid:
1. Hold the mirror to be able to view your neck just below the Adam’s apple and just above the collarbone. This is the area where the thyroid gland is located. Check to see if you have any unusual lumps, bumps or protrusions in the area.
2. While keeping the thyroid area in view in the mirror, stretch your neck back.
3. Take a drink of water and swallow.
4. Look at your neck as you are swallowing, watching for any bulges, enlargements, protrusions, or unusual appearances in the area.
5. Repeat the process a few times.
6. Using the tips of your fingers, gently feel the area, feeling for any unusual lumps or nodules
7. If you do see or feel anything suspicious, see your doctor.
Remember this check:
Is not conclusive
Does not rule out any other thyroid abnormalities or disease
If a lump or enlargement is detected, it does not mean that you have thyroid cancer. It may be a lymph node that is swollen for other reasons.
If you have had a total thyroidectomy, of course you will no gland to examine. Therefore you have to rely on regular examinations done by your doctor or endocrinologist.