Doing a thyroid neck check can be an important self-check to look for signs of thyroid issues including goiter and thyroid cancer.
While a thyroid neck check can’t definitely diagnose or rule out a thyroid condition, it can help you detect nodules or an enlargement of your thyroid gland. So, grab a handheld mirror and a glass of water, and follow along with this easy step-by-step guide to doing your own thyroid neck check.
Step 1: Locate the thyroid area of your neck
Hold the mirror in your hand, focusing on the lower front area of your neck, above your collarbones and below your voice box (also called your larynx). Your thyroid gland is located in this area of your neck.
Step 2: Tilt your head back
While focusing on your thyroid area in the mirror, tip your head back.
Step 3: Drink and swallow
Take a drink of water and swallow.
Step 4: Observe your neck as you swallow
As you swallow the water, look carefully at your neck. Look for any bulges, lumps, or protrusions in the area of your thyroid.
Step 5: Don't confuse your Adam's apple and thyroid