How to check your lymph nodes
You may have been diagnosed with a skin cancer that rarely can spread into the lymphatic system, for example melanoma or squamous cell carcinoma.
As part of your examination the lymph nodes are examined by your doctor at follow-up appointments. The lymph nodes examined depend on the location of your skin cancer, e.g. if the skin cancer was on your leg then the lymph nodes in your inguinal area (groin) will be felt, or, if the skin cancer was on your face then the nodes in the head and neck would be examined. The aim is to detect any enlargement of the lymph nodes and undertake investigation at an early stage.
Some people express a wish to check their own lymph nodes between clinic appointments. The aim is to ensure that, in the unlikely event that there is spread of your skin cancer to the lymph nodes, it is detected and reported to your doctor or nurse straight away, rather than waiting until your next clinic appointment.