Symptoms of Head and Neck Cancer
Although there are sometimes no symptoms of head and neck cancer, common complaints include:
- Lump or sore that does not heal
- Sore throat that does not go away
- Difficulty or pain with swallowing
- Change in your voice or hoarseness
- Blood in your saliva or from your nose
- Ear pain or loss of hearing
- Lump in the neck
- Nasal stuffiness that does not resolve
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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