Symptoms of Nasopharyngeal Cancer

Early screens are particularly important for cancers that are difficult to detect in other ways. Nasopharyngeal cancer is one of these – the early symptoms of NPC are easy to overlook, and can often be mistaken for other less serious conditions.

In early stages, symptoms of nasopharyngeal cancer may be a stuffy nose, a sore throat, and headaches. Since these are common maladies, it can be quite easy to pay little attention to the symptoms of nasopharyngeal cancer at first. If such minor maladies persist beyond their usual scope, however, they could be the sign of something more serious and should be checked by a doctor.

In later stages, the symptoms of nasopharyngeal cancer can become more obvious and serious. These include hearing loss or ringing in the ears, nosebleeds, difficulty speaking, swelling on the side of the neck, blurry or double vision. Since the symptoms may only become noticeable at a later stage, nasopharyngeal cancer can often go undetected for some time. This is why early screening is so valuable for this form of cancer – it can detect that something is wrong before serious symptoms develop.

 

For more information on nasopharyngeal cancer, please visit http://www.cancer.org