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What Are the Symptoms of Head and Neck Cancer?

What Are the Symptoms of Head and Neck Cancer?

Man with pained expression holding his cheek

Many people with head and neck cancer have symptoms such as these:

  • Growth or sore in the mouth

  • Lump in the neck

  • Lump or sore inside the nose that will not heal

  • Sore throat that does not go away

  • Blocked sinuses that will not clear

  • Chronic sinus infections

  • Cough or hoarseness that does not go away

  • Coughing up blood

  • Difficulty swallowing, speaking, or breathing

  • Frequent headache or pain around the nose, cheeks, or forehead

  • Frequent nosebleeds or ones that don’t stop

  • Weakness in the muscles of the face

  • Double vision

  • Numbness in the face

  • Pain in the ear, face, chin, neck, upper back, jaw, or upper teeth

  • Swelling of the eyes or under the chin or around the jaw

  • Vomiting

  • Bad breath even when proper oral hygiene is practiced

  • Red or white patch(es) in the mouth

  • Loose teeth

  • Loose dentures

  • Unexplained weight loss 

These symptoms may be caused by cancer or by other problems. It is important to see a doctor about any symptoms such as these so that the problem can be diagnosed and treated as early as possible.

 
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