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Detect Thyroid Cancer by Neck Check

How to Perform a 'Neck Check' Self-Exam A 'neck check' is a simple procedure that can be done just about anywhere. If you have a glass of water and a mirror, you’re ready to look for symptoms of thyroid disorders. Dr. Jeffrey Mechanick, clinical professor of Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone Disease at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and president of the AACE, provides some painless guidelines: First, locate your thyroid gland, which is above your collarbone and below your larynx, or voice box. Don't confuse your thyroid with your Adam’s apple, which lies above the thyroid gland. Keeping your focus on this part of the neck, tip your head back, then swallow a drink of water. Look at your neck in the mirror while you swallow, checking for any static or moving bumps.