How to Check Your Neck for Early Detection of Thyroid Disease

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Why You Should Check Your Neck?

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Millions of Americans have undiagnosed thyroid problems. To help with early detection, you can perform a simple self-exam, known as the "Neck Check." Checking your neck can -- in some cases -- help you find lumps or enlargements in the neck that may point to thyroid conditions, including nodules, goiter and thyroid cancer. Here is how to do a thyroid neck check.

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Stand in front of a mirror

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Stand in front of a mirror, so that you can see your neck without any obstruction. Take off scarves, neckties, turtlenecks, so your view of your neck area is clear.

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Stretch your neck back

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Stretch your neck back, chin toward the ceiling.

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Swallow water

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With your neck still stretched back, drink a glass of water.

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Look for enlargement in the neck

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Check your neck, looking for any enlargement in the thyroid area.

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Feel area to confirm enlargement or bump

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Feel the area around the thyroid to see if you can detect any enlargement, bumps or lumps.

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If a problem is detected, see a doctor

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If you can detect any sort of problem, feel any enlargement or lump, you should see a doctor for evaluation right away.

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