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Symptoms of head and neck cancer

The symptoms of cancers of the head and neck depend on where they arise.

 

Symptoms include:

  • A lump in the neck that does not go down after antibiotics 

  • A lump in the mouth or back of the throat 

  • An ulcer in the mouth that does not heal

  • A loose tooth

  • A tooth socket that does not heal after the tooth has been removed

  • Dentures that do not fit properly when they used to fit well. 

  • Pain on swallowing that does not get better

  • Pain in the ear that does not get better 

  • Repeated nose bleeds 

  • A chronically blocked nose

  • Double vision

  • Severe headaches

  • Swelling of the cheek

  • Swelling of the front of the face

  • A change in the quality of the voice

  • Deafness

 

The difficulty is that many of the above symptoms can be caused by problems totally unrelated to cancer. Suspicion is raised if things do not improve.


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