Signs & Symptoms


The ‘1for3’ definition was developed by leading experts in head and neck cancer across Europe. It states that primary practitioners should refer a patient to a head and neck specialist if they have any 1 of the following symptoms for more than 3 weeks.

  • Sore tongue, non-healing mouth ulcers and/or red white patches in the mouth
  • Pain in the throat
  • Persistent hoarseness
  • Painful and/or difficulty swallowing
  • Lump in the neck
  • Blocked nose one on side and/or bloody discharge from the nose

Cancer 1For3