Carolinas HealthCare System

Symptoms of head and neck cancers can vary significantly. For head and neck cancers that begin in the tissue of the mouth, nose and throat, patients may experience a persistent sore throat, problems swallowing or hoarseness. Other people may not experience any symptoms, except for a lump in the neck.

You may also experience:

  • Patches on areas such as the gums or mouth lining
  • Jaw swelling
  • Bleeding or pain in the mouth
  • Problems breathing or talking
  • Recurrent headaches
  • Ear pain or ringing in the ears
  • Hearing problems
  • Persistent blocked sinuses or sinus infections
  • Nosebleeds
  • Tooth pain (upper teeth)
  • Persistent numbness or pain in the face, chin or neck
  • Skin lesions

These symptoms can also be caused by other, less serious, conditions. If you’re experiencing any symptoms, please see your healthcare provider, who can make that determination.

For more information about Levine Cancer Institute, call 980-442-2000.