Cancer Detection: Monitoring Your Lymph Nodes (67, 68)

Monitoring your body regularly can help spot cancer early and save your life

Knowing the signs & symptoms is half the battle! It is important that you monitor your body to detect any red flags for early cancer detection.

Frequency:

Monthly or daily if you see a sign or symptom

Preparation:

  • Know the signs for lymph nodes early cancer detection.
  • Locate Lymph Nodes to be tested per chart below.

Examination:

Head

  • With your fingertips and a gentle circular motion feel the lymph nodes illustrated.
  • Start with the nodes in front of the ear (no. 1), then follow in order finishing just above the collarbone (no. 10).
  • Always check your nodes in this order.
  • Check both sides for comparison. If you have an enlarged lymph node, it may feel firm and the size of a pea or grape.

Neck

  • Tilt your head towards the side you are examining; this helps to relax the muscle.
  • Now press your fingers under the muscle and above collarbone.
  • Hunch your shoulders and bring your elbows forward to relax the skin.

Armpit

  • Sit in a comfortable position.
  • Check each armpit in turn.

To check the left side of your arm, place the fingers of your right hand high into the armpit and then lower your arm.

  • Feel in the central area of the armpit.
  • Check each armpit in turn.

Now move your fingers firmly against the chest wall as follows:

  • Feel along the front border of the armpit.
  • Feel along the back border of the armpit.
  • Feel along the inner border of the arm.

Now check the other armpit in the same way.

Groin

  • Feel horizontally along the groin crease.
  • Feel vertically along the upper thigh.

Notice Something? Here’s What To Do Next:

  • Should you spot any signs, consider them “red flags”. They do not mean you have cancer. If signs do not disappear within one week, contact your medical team for a professional evaluation.

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Increase the chances of successful treatment when you spot cancer early! Download the Lymph Node Monitoring Guide and start monitoring your lymph nodes today!

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