[Skip to content]

Cancer Advice - from leading UK Cancer Specialists
Find information

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.

Get an opinion from a leading UK cancer specialist

Our online medical opinion service provides you with expert advice on treatment options from one of our leading cancer specialists. Complete the form for a response within 24 hours.

Ask for advice


Find a cancer specialist

Search our online database of private cancer specialists across the UK, or select one of our featured oncologists and cancer specialists.

Find a specialist