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Symptoms of oropharyngeal cancer
Oropharyngeal cancer may not cause any signs or symptoms in its early stages. Signs and symptoms often appear as the tumour grows into nearby tissues and organs. Other health conditions can cause the same symptoms as oropharyngeal cancer.
See your doctor if you have these signs or symptoms:
- a sore throat that doesn’t go away
- a feeling that something is stuck in the throat
- difficulty chewing or swallowing
- constant bad breath
- a change in how dentures fit
- a lump in the neck
- ear pain, with or without jaw pain
- difficulty speaking
- loss of appetite
- weight loss
- bleeding inside the throat or mouth
- inability to move the tongue
- difficulty opening the jaw (called trismus)
- voice changes
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Great progress has been made
Some cancers, such as thyroid and testicular, have survival rates of over 90%. Other cancers, such as pancreatic, brain and esophageal, continue to have very low survival rates.