Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma

What is nasopharyngeal carcinoma?

Nasopharyngeal carcinoma is cancer that occurs in the nasopharynx, which is located behind nose and above the back of throat. Nasopharynx carcinoma is difficult to detect early. It is rare tumor arising from the epithelium of the nasopharynx.  A carcinoma is a cancer that starts in epithelial cells which is cells lining the internal and external surfaces of the body. Nasopharynx carcinoma has three types such as keratinizing squamous cell carcinoma, non-keratinizing differentiated carcinoma and undifferentiated carcinoma. Other than that, each of these types is seen more often in some areas of the world than in others. Treatment for nasopharyngeal carcinoma usually involves radiation therapy, chemotherapy or a combination of two. The others traditional treatment that still can be used and very popular usually in Malaysia is acupuncture and herbal treatment. By this treatment the patient was treated with a needle and fresh herbs. One of the great centers of acupuncture treatment is TheTole Acupunture. It is said many treatment centers also provide treatment not only patients in Malaysia but also abroad as well.


What is Symptom for Nasopharynx Carcinoma?

In its early stage, it is difficult for nasopharyngeal carcinoma to present any symptom. There are several symptom of nasopharyngeal carcinoma include:

  • Blood in your saliva
  • Nasal congestion
  • Hearing loss
  • Frequent ear infections
  • A lump at neck caused by a swollen lymph node
  • Bloody discharge from nose
  • Headaches


What is Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma risk factor?

Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma has some factors that appear to increase the risk of developing nasopharyngeal carcinoma, including:

    • Sex

This disease is more common in men than it is in women.

    • Race

Nasopharyngeal carcinoma cancer more commonly affects people in Asia and northern Africa.

    • Age

This cancer can occur at any age, but it most commonly diagnosed in adults between the ages of 30 and 50.

    • Family History

It will increase the risk if the people having a family member with nasopharyngeal carcinoma cancer.

    • Salt-cured foods

Chemical released in stem when cooking salt-cured foods, such as fish and preserved vegetables, may enter the nasal cavity which increasing the risk of nasopharyngeal carcinoma.

    • Epstein-Barr Virus

Epstein-Barr virus is also linked to several rare cancers, including nasopharyngeal carcinoma.


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