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Clinical features

Last reviewed dd mmm yyyy. Last edited dd mmm yyyy

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The most common presenting symptoms are (1):

  • sore throat - 90%
  • lump in neck - 80%
  • otalgia - 80%

Dysphagia may also be a presenting symptom.

A significant proportion present with a metastatic lump node.

Carcinomatous lesions are usually ulcerated. Lymphomas and salivary gland tumours are usually smooth.


  • (1) Referral Guidelines for Suspected Cancer (April 2000). NHS Executive.

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