Cancer is a condition where cells in a specific part of the body grow and reproduce uncontrollably. The cancerous cells can invade and destroy surrounding healthy tissue, including organs. Cancer can be life-threatening but lifestyle interventions can be taken to improve your chances of survival.
How well your body responds to cancer treatment will depend on several factors, including the stage at which the cancer was diagnosed, how far it’s spread.
It is therefore imperative that you spot symptoms as soon as they appear and alert your GP.
This is often easier said than done, however, because the symptoms are usually associated with less serious conditions, so many people brush them off or do not notice them.
A prime example of this are the symptoms associated with nose cancer.
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“Most people diagnosed with cancer of the nose will have a blockage,” says Cancer Research UK.
Nosebleeds are also a common symptom, it notes.
According to the NHS, people with nose cancer may experience additional symptoms if the cancer advances.
- Pain or numbness in the face, particularly in the upper cheek
- Swollen glands in the neck
- partial loss of vision or double vision
- A bulging or persistently watering eye
- Pain or pressure in one ear
- A persistent lump or growth on your face, nose or roof of your mouth
Am I at risk?
Nose cancer is relatively rare but there are certain lifestyle factors that can increase your risk of developing it.