Find out what screening is, and why there is no screening programme for nasopharyngeal cancer in the UK.
What screening is
Screening means testing people for early stages of an illness before they have any symptoms. For screening to be useful the tests:
- must be reliable at picking up the illness
- must be simple and quick
- overall must do more good than harm to people taking part
No screening available
There is no national screening programme because:
- this condition is very rare, so many people would have unnecessary tests
- the benefits don't outweigh the costs
Talk to your doctor if you think you are at high risk of nasopharyngeal cancer.