Some people with nasopharyngeal cancer have no symptoms at all. But it is important that you tell your GP if you have any of the following symptoms:
- a lump or growth anywhere in the neck area that does not go away after 3 weeks (this might be the only sign you have)
- hearing loss – usually on one side only
- ringing in your ears (tinnitus)
- fluid collecting in your ear (glue ear)
- blocked or stuffy nose – particularly if it’s only blocked on one side
- blood stained discharge from your nose and nosebleeds
- double vision
- numbness of the lower part of your face
- difficulty with swallowing
- changes in your voice, such as hoarseness
- weight loss
When to see your GP
Tell your GP if you have any of these symptoms, particularly if they have lasted for more than 3 weeks.
Your symptoms are unlikely to be cancer. But it's important to get them checked by a doctor.
The earlier a cancer is picked up, the easier it is to treat. And the more likely it is that the treatment will be successful.
If your GP suspects your symptoms could be because of nasopharyngeal cancer they will refer you to a specialist.