Head and Neck Cancer: Symptoms


People with head and neck cancer often experience the following symptoms. Sometimes, people with head and neck cancer do not show any of these symptoms. Or, these symptoms may be similar to other more common, less severe medical conditions.

  • Red or white patch in the mouth
  • Painless lump or mass in the neck
  • Mass or bump in the head and neck area
  • Persistent sore throat
  • Foul or fetid mouth odor not explained by hygiene
  • Hoarseness or change in voice
  • Nasal obstruction or persistent nasal congestion
  • Frequent nose bleeds and/or unusual nasal discharge
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Double vision
  • Numbness or weakness of a body part in the head and neck region
  • Pain or difficulty chewing, swallowing or moving the jaws or tongue
  • Ear and/or jaw pain
  • Blood in the saliva or phlegm
  • Loosening of teeth
  • Dentures that no longer fit
  • Unexplained weight loss