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Screening for nasal and sinus cancers

Men and women discussing nasal and sinus cancer

Screening means testing people for early signs of a disease before they have any symptoms. 

A screening test for cancer must be reliable at picking up cancers that are there. And it must not give results that make it look as though someone has cancer when they do not (false positive results). If there is no such screening test, it isn’t possible to screen large numbers of people for that type of cancer.

There is no national screening programme in the UK for nasal cavity and paranasal sinus cancers. These cancers are rare in the UK. Even if we had a reliable test, it would cost a lot of money to screen everyone for a disease only a very small number of people get. Any screening test would need to be simple and cheap to perform.

With uncommon diseases, it is most cost effective to screen people who are thought to be at a higher risk. But first, we need to be able to identify those at higher risk.

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Updated: 2 July 2014