What is Head and Neck Cancer?

Head and neck cancer is cancer which affects any of the organs or tissues of the head and neck, including the mouth, throat, nasal cavities, eyes, bones or ears. 

What are the signs and symptoms? 

The most common symptoms are: 

  • a lump, ulcer or sore that does not heal within a few weeks 
  • pain or difficulty with speaking, chewing or swallowing 
  • a persistent sore throat and/or earache on one side 
  • numbness affecting any part of the mouth, lips or tongue 
  • nosebleeds or a constantly blocked nose 
  • pain in the face or upper jaw 
  • a lump or swelling in the neck 
  • persistent red or white patches in the mouth 
  • an unexplained loose tooth 

These signs and symptoms can be caused by conditions other than cancer. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should see your GP or dentist who may refer you for further investigation. 

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