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Nasopharyngeal cancer screening

Men and women discussing nasopharyngeal cancer

This page tells you about screening for nasopharyngeal cancer.

Screening means testing people for early signs of a disease before they have any symptoms. If there is no accurate screening test available for a type of cancer, it isn’t possible to carry out screening. An accurate test must be reliable at picking up cancers that are there. And it must not give false positive results in people who do not have cancer.

There is no national screening programme in the UK for nasopharyngeal cancers. These cancers are rare in the UK. It would be very expensive to screen everyone for a disease that affects a small number of people. With uncommon diseases, it is most cost effective to screen people who are thought to be at a higher risk. But first we must be sure we know who is at higher risk.

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Updated: 16 August 2014