Just like our nails and our pee, we should also check our necks from time to time. It should be done every six months or at least once a year. Why? Because nodules and thyroid cancer can appear at any age, with or without a family history of thyroid disease. Detecting any abnormalities early on means getting treatment immediately to avoid severity of the disease.
To do: Hold a mirror in front of you while slowly swallowing a glass of water. Check to see if a lump or bulge in visible in the neck while you swallow. Be sure not to confuse your thyroid with the cartilage of your voice box, which may cause a slight bulge, experts say. It's the butterfly-shaped gland directly beneath where the Adam's Apple would be in a male.
The appearance of lump. mass or bulge in this area as you swallow may be a sign of something abnormal, such as an enlarged thyroid or thyroid nodule, if you think something is there or are not sure, have your doc check it.