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Symptoms of nasal and sinus cancers

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This page is about the symptoms of nasal cavity and paranasal sinus cancers. There are many conditions much less serious than cancer that can cause these symptoms. But it is important that you report any of the following symptoms to your doctor

 

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Symptoms of nasal and sinus cancers

Nasal and paranasal sinus cancers may cause the symptoms below

Nose problems

  • Blockages causing stuffiness in one side of your nose that does not go away
  • Nosebleeds
  • Decreased sense of smell
  • Mucus coming from the nose, or draining into the back of your nose and throat

Eye problems

  • Bulging of one eye
  • Complete or partial loss of sight
  • Double vision
  • Pain above or below the eye
  • A watery eye with tears running down the cheek

Other symptoms

Other symptoms can include a lump or growth anywhere on the face, nose or roof of the mouth, pain or numbness in parts of your face, loose teeth, difficulty opening your mouth, swollen lymph nodes in your neck, or pain or pressure in one of your ears.

There are many other conditions much less serious than cancer that can cause these symptoms.

 

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Nose problems

Nasal and paranasal cancers may cause

  • Blockages causing stuffiness in one side of your nose that does not go away
  • Nosebleeds
  • Decreased sense of smell
  • Mucus coming from the nose
  • Mucus draining into the back of your nose and throat

Between 80 and 90 out of every 100 people (90%) diagnosed with cancer of the nose will have a blockage. Nosebleeds are also a common symptom.

 

Eye problems

People with nose and paranasal sinus cancer may notice

  • Bulging of one eye
  • Complete or partial loss of sight
  • Double vision
  • Pain above or below the eye
  • A watery eye with tears running down the cheek
 

Other symptoms

There are other symptoms you may have including

  • A lump or growth anywhere on the face, nose or roof of the mouth that does not go away
  • Pain or numbness in parts of your face, particularly the upper cheek, that doesn’t go away
  • Loose teeth
  • Difficulty opening your mouth
  • Swollen (enlarged) lymph nodes in your neck
  • Pain or pressure in one of your ears
 

More information

The earlier a cancer is picked up, the easier it is to treat it and the more likely the treatment is to be successful. So it is important that you go to your GP as soon as possible if you notice worrying symptoms.

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Updated: 2 July 2014