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Nasopharyngeal cancer symptoms

Men and women discussing nasopharyngeal cancer

This page is about the symptoms of nasopharyngeal cancer.

Some people with nasopharyngeal cancer have no symptoms at all. But it is important that you report any of the following symptoms to your doctor if they carry on for longer than 3 weeks

Visiting the GP

  • A lump or growth anywhere in the neck area that does not go away after 3 weeks (this may be the only sign you have)
  • Hearing loss – usually on one side only 
  • Tinnitus
  • Fluid collection in the ear
  • Blocked or stuffy nose – particularly if only blocked on one side
  • Blood stained discharge from the nose
  • Headache
  • Double vision
  • Numbness of the lower part of your face
  • Difficulty with swallowing
  • Changes in voice – such as hoarseness

Remember – less serious conditions may cause many of these symptoms. Most people with these symptoms will not have nasopharyngeal cancer. But it is always important to check with your GP. If your GP suspects your symptoms could be because of nasopharyngeal cancer they will refer you to a specialist. There is information about the referral guidelines for GPs for head and neck cancers in this section.

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

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Updated: 16 August 2014