In the early stages, nasopharyngeal cancer usually does not show any symptoms. Therefore it is very difficult to identify and treat when it would be most manageable. In fact, for those patients around the world that are eventually diagnosed with NPC, when they eventually go their doctor for the first time to be examined for the disease, 80% already have late Stage Cancer.
Noticeable symptoms of the disease are quite varied, and may include; a lump in the neck (swollen lymph node), blood from the nose or back of the throat, nasal congestion, headaches, hearing loss in one ear, double vision, face and neck pain.
The best way to increase your odds to beat cancer is to be aware of the symptoms and get regular screenings. For nasopharyngeal cancer, the symptoms are often very commonplace, and not especially noticeable. Stuffy nose, headache, double vision, hearing loss in one ear, appearance of blood from the nose or in the back of the throat, are some of the common symptoms. Some patients may have a lump or swelling in the side of their neck. It is important to get checked by a physician if any of these symptoms are present. It is also important to recognize whether or not you are in a high risk group for the disease, and if this is the case, to get early screening.