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Symptoms


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.

If you quit smoking, the health benefits begin immediately - for patients with head and neck cancer, quitting smoking reduces the risks of infections and developing other cancers. To learn how to quit, ask your doctor or visit www.smokefree.gov.

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