NPC Risk Factors

We know it’s important to get screened for different kinds of cancer, but the first step is determining how at risk we are for each one. Nasopharyngeal cancer is a very specific cancer, and a look at the demographics of this disease can help someone understand their chance of being affected by it.

Though nasopharyngeal cancer affects both men and women, it affects more men, at a ratio of 3:1. Most people are diagnosed with NPC in their 30s – 50s.

Nasopharyngeal cancer is also hereditary: if you have a family member with the disease, your risk of getting the cancer increases dramatically. In fact, the risk increases 5-10% if you have a family member with the disease. This is especially the case with close family members: if you have parents or siblings with the disease, then it’s a good idea to get screened.

 

For more information on the risk factors of nasopharyngeal cancer, please visit: https://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-type/nasopharyngeal/nasopharyngeal-cancer/?region=on