The likelihood for you to get cancer in your nose is not that high. If you are not in the list of people who are exposed to risk factors the possibility of you getting cancer in your nose is quite low. Risk factors include age (above 40), gender (men are more likely to get nose cancer), smoking, exposure to chemical substances, exposure to human papillomavirus (HPV). The question is “Can you get cancer in your nose if you are exposed the risk factors?” If there is a real concern about the possibility of having nose cancer, it would help to know what we are talking about.

Cancer in the nose often grows in two places: inside the nasal cavity (big space behind the nose) or in the sinuses (tiny holes all around your nose). If a tumor grows in the empty spaces of the nasal cavity or sinuses it produces symptoms that indicate that a foreign entity is present or lodged in the area.

can you get cancer in your noseSymptoms of a growing tumor appear similar to symptoms of common obstructions associated with colds or allergies that block or irritate your nasal cavity or sinuses. Symptoms include a stuffed nose, nosebleeds, nasal drips, and runny nose. However, if these symptoms do not go away or worsen over a period of time, it may be an indication of a growing tumor. If you are beginning to experience numbness on the neck area it might be best to seek the help of your doctor.

At this point, your doctor will take a tissue sample of the tumor inside your nose for biopsy. This will confirm if the tumor is malignant or not. In case the results return positive, the most common treatment option for cancer of the nose is the surgical removal of the tumor. Radiotherapy is also recommended pre- and post-operation, to shrink the tumor before the operation and to remove whatever remnants of the tumor are seen after surgery, respectively. Chemotherapy or the use of medicines to kill remaining cancer cells may also be prescribed.

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