- sores that bleed easily or do not heal
- a thick or hard spot or lump
- a roughened or crusted area
- numbness, pain or tenderness
- a change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite down
Head & Neck Cancers
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Although the symptoms vary depending on the location of the head and neck cancer, one of the most common symptoms is a lump or sore, which may or may not be painful. Other possible symptoms include bleeding in the mouth or nose, headaches, numbness or muscle weakness in the face, bad breath, voice changes, and difficulty with swallowing or breathing. Weight loss may occur because of pain or difficulty with swallowing. All of these symptoms can be caused by other disorders, but symptoms that last for more that 2-3 weeks are more likely to be due to cancer.
Oral, head and neck cancer refers to a variety of cancers that develop in the head and neck region, such as the oral cavity (mouth), the pharynx (throat), paranasal sinuses and nasal cavity, the larynx (voice box), thyroid and salivary glands, the skin of the face and neck, and the lymph nodes in the neck.
Common symptoms of oral, head and neck cancer include: red or white patch in the mouth that lasts more than two weeks, change in voice or hoarseness that lasts more than two weeks, sore throat that does not subside, pain or swelling in the mouth or neck that does not subside, a lump in the neck.
Later symptoms of oral, head and neck cancer include: ear pain, difficulty speaking or swallowing, difficulty breathing.
The warning signs for head and neck cancer are:
Symptoms of several head and neck cancer sites include a lump or sore that does not heal, a sore throat that does not go away, difficulty swallowing, and a change or hoarseness in the voice.
Other symptoms may include the following:
Oral cavity. A white or red patch on the gums, tongue, or lining of the mouth; a swelling of the jaw that causes dentures to fit poorly or become uncomfortable; and unusual bleeding or pain in the mouth.
Nasal cavity and sinuses. Sinuses that are blocked and do not clear, chronic sinus infections that do not respond to treatment with antibiotics, bleeding through the nose, frequent headaches, swelling or other trouble with the eyes, pain in the upper teeth, or problems with dentures.
Salivary glands. Swelling under the chin or around the jawbone; numbness or paralysis of the muscles in the face; or pain that does not go away in the face, chin, or neck.
Oropharynx and hypopharynx. Ear pain.
Nasopharynx. Trouble breathing or speaking, frequent headaches, pain or ringing in the ears, or trouble hearing.
Larynx. Pain when swallowing, or ear pain.
Metastatic squamous neck cancer. Pain in the neck or throat that does not go away.
These symptoms may be caused by cancer or by other, less serious conditions. It is important to check with a doctor or dentist about any of these symptoms.
This answer is based on source information from the National Cancer Institute.