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Many people with head and neck cancer have symptoms such as these:
Growth or sore in the mouth
Lump in the neck
Lump or sore inside the nose that won’t heal
Sore throat that does not go away
Feeling that something is stuck in the throat
Blocked sinuses or nasal congestion that won’t clear
Chronic sinus infections
Cough or hoarseness that does not go away
Coughing up blood
Trouble swallowing, speaking, or breathing
Frequent headaches or pain around the nose, cheeks, or forehead
Frequent nosebleeds or ones that don’t stop
Weakness in the muscles of the face
Numbness in the face
Pain in the ear, face, chin, neck, upper back, jaw, or upper teeth
Ringing in the ears or hearing problems
Swelling of the eyes or under the chin or around the jaw
Bad breath even when proper oral hygiene is practiced
Red or white patches in the mouth
Unexplained weight loss
Many of these symptoms may be caused by other health problems. But it is important to see your healthcare provider if you have these symptoms. Only a healthcare provider can tell if you have cancer. It's common for people with these symptoms to be sent to an ear, nose, and throat specialist, called an otolaryngologist or a head and neck surgeon, to be checked.
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