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Nasopharyngeal Cancer and its Symptoms

3 out of 4 people complain about mass or lump in neck whenever they visit their doctor. These lumps are not painful or tender but they are caused by a cancer that makes it way to the lymph nodes in the neck. That’s why your neck looks larger than normal. If that’s the case with you, chances are you may be suffering from Nasopharyngeal cancer.

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Here are some signs of this cancer:

  • Nosebleeds
  • Persistent ear infection
  • Headache
  • Loss of hearing
  • Facial numbness or pain
  • Blurred vision
  • Trouble opening the mouth

Tumors in multiple forms can develop in the nasopharynx. Some of them are non-cancerous and some of them are cancerous. Before you think it is cancer, it is best to talk to your doctor to discuss what type of tumor it is.

When to See a Doctor?

The early symptoms of nasopharyngeal cancer do not always prompt you to see a doctor. If you start noticing unusual, but persistent changes in your body, then rush to the doctor. Cancer starts spreading when one or more genetic mutations cause the cells to grow and invade the structure around them and hence, the cells start spreading on other parts of the body. The exact cause of the development of gene mutation is not known. There have been situations in which the people who have all risk factors do not develop cancer at all.

If your doctor suspects you have nasopharyngeal cancer, then you will be referred to another doctor called oncologist who specializes in treating cancer. You may also have to see an otolaryngologist who specializes in throat, nose or ear problem. As appointments are brief, it is recommended to be well prepared and have all the questions ready which you want to ask your doctor. It is best to write down all symptoms you are experiencing even if they are not related to the problem itself.