Early diagnosis is important to treating mouth cancer successfully.

Nasopharyngeal cancer can present in different ways, often mimicking a 'run of the mill' sore throat, blocked nose, toothache or even ear ache. It wold be useful to know how the different mouth cancers present. I would be grateful if you could answer the appropriate questions.

For those who had a nasopharyngeal cancer, how did it present? Choose as many answers as did apply to your own case, (or if you are a carer: to the one you care or cared for).
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Based on 5 participants so far, the frequency of presentation as reported above is:
  • Difference in speech noticed (100%)
  • Excessive discharge or buildup of mucus in the nose or throat (60%)
  • Difficulty with breathing through nose (60%)
  • Ear ache (40%)
  • Feeling vaguely unwell (60%)
  • Swelling in neck (80%)
  • Blood in mucus discharge from nose or throat (40%)


The delay before you were referred to a specialist after you noticed 'something not right':
  • within 2 weeks (40%)
  • between 2 - 4 months (40%)
  • more than 4 months (20%)
Only 40% were referred with 1 month!
hi dr v i was given a clean bill of heath about 5 months before i was diagnosed, when i told about the nasal discharge with blood spot, my reply was sinus.only when my neck swelled, i was sent for investigation, by a young dr only finnishing her time. hope this information is of some use and sorry its a bit late. all the best for the new year. jimmy.

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