Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinus Cancer

The paranasal sinuses are small, hollow spaces in the bones of the head surrounding the nose. The nasal cavity is the hollow space inside the nose.

Sinus/Nasal Cancer Risk Factors

In the United States, about 2,000 sinus/nasal cancers are diagnosed every year. The most common risk factors for these cancers include exposure in the workplace to such substances as asbestos, wood dust, paint fumes, metal dusts, and tobacco.

Symptoms of Sinus/Nasal Cancers

  • Blocked nasal passages
  • Unexplained bleeding from the nose
  • Chronic sinus infections that do not clear up with antibiotics
  • A lump in the neck
  • Numbness in the cheek or face
  • Swelling of the eyes
  • Double vision