There are many less severe conditions that can cause the same symptoms as cancer. But it is important that you report any of the following symptoms to your doctor.

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 that can be bloody
  • mucus draining into the back of your nose and throat

Most people diagnosed with cancer of the nose will have a blockage. Nosebleeds are also a common symptom.

Eye problems

People with nasal 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
  • swelling of the tissue that covers the white of the eye (conjunctiva)

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 and tingling in parts of your face, particularly the upper cheek, that doesn’t go away
  • a headache
  • 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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