Skin cancer on ear

Overview

Both the inner and outer regions of the ear can be affected by ear cancer. It usually begins as a skin carcinoma on the outer ear, spreading to the ear canal and eardrum.



Ear cancer can potentially begin inside the ear. It can impact the temporal bone, which is located inside the ear. The mastoid bone is also part of the temporal bone. This is the bony bulge behind your ear that you can feel.

Ear cancer is quite uncommon. In the United States, only approximately 300 people are diagnosed with it each year. According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 250,000 new instances of breast cancer are predicted to be detected in 2018.