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Jo over at Head Nurse has been dealing with a new cancer diagnosis of polymorphous adenocarcinoma. The lump was originally discovered at her dentist’s office, and since then she has been blogging this particular journey with her trademark candor and humor.
One of the scariest aspects of her story to me was that she never knew that lump was there. It prompted me to use a mirror and finger to check my own mouth.
And I found a sub-lingual lump – just a painless growth on the floor of my mouth. It’s not located anywhere I can normally feel or see.
I went to my PCP who then referred me to an ENT. The ENT basically said that if there had been bilateral growths, she would simply suspect some bony processes. The fact that there is only one requires a continued work-up, so I’ll be having a CT soon.
I’m grateful to Jo and others like her who are open about their experiences. I never in a million years would have taken the time to self-exam my mouth with no risk factors. Skin – check. Breasts – check. Testicles – … not applicable.
Maybe it’s time for a new campaign: Check Everything.