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Nasal Cancer Causes

Nasal cancer specialist explaining an x-ray to a patientWhile direct nasal cancer causes are still unclear, there are certain risk factors that make specific people more likely to be affected by cancers of the nose, sinuses, and surrounding areas of the head.

Although other types of cancer have been shown to have a strong correlation with family history, inherited tendencies toward nasal cavity cancer appear to be very rare. Rather, the risk factors for cancers of the nose appear to be mostly environmental, occupational, or otherwise acquired throughout a person’s life. Although they may not directly trigger the occurrence of cancer, some causes that have been linked to nasal cancer include:

  • Inhaling chemicals in metal-plating facilities and other such workplaces
  • Breathing in dust present in workplaces like flour mills, bakeries, sawmills, and others
  • Having a human papillomavirus (HPV) infection
  • Smoking or a history of smoking
  • Having previous treatment for retinoblastoma or other head or neck cancer

Tampa General Hospital treats nasal cancer and its related symptoms, no matter what the underlying causes may be. Patients who have been diagnosed with nasal cavity cancer have several available treatment options, including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy, as well as various supportive care services. Our team of experienced medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, and other specialists can help determine the specific plan that would be most beneficial to each individual patient.

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