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It's natural to feel anxious when discovering a neck lump. You’ll naturally have some questions and we’re here to help you find the answers. Neck lumps are extremely common, with some more significant than others. Regardless, we treat all neck lumps seriously and will help you decide your next steps.

Symptoms to watch out for

If you have any of the below symptoms, please book an appointment with your GP/family doctor. They’ll be able to offer personalised advice and refer you to our team if necessary.

Early warning signs can include:

  • A new neck lump that persists for three or more weeks
  • Change in the voice
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • One-sided nasal block or obstruction
  • One-sided ear pain
  • Any changes in the mouth such as oral ulcers, or swelling, or white or red patches that persist for more than three weeks

Adapted from ‘Guidelines for the Management of Neck Lumps’, Pan-Birmingham Cancer Network 2010.