What are the symptoms of sinus cancer?

Symptoms of sinus cancer can resemble those of sinusitis, but they do not resolve with standard therapies. They can also involve changes in facial appearance, which may be due to facial muscle weakness. A lump in the mouth, nose, or throat may be noted. Vague symptoms such as fatigue and weight loss can also occur.

Common symptoms of sinus cancer

Common symptoms of sinus cancer include:

  • Bulging of an eye or visual changes such as double vision
  • Changes in hearing, taste or smell
  • Dentures that no longer fit
  • Double vision
  • Earache or toothache
  • Fatigue
  • Lump in the nose, face, mouth, throat or neck
  • Nosebleeds
  • Numbness or weakness of the face
  • Pain or pressure under the eyes, on either side of the nose, or above the eyebrows
  • Postnasal drip
  • Runny nose (nasal congestion)
  • Unexplained weight loss

Symptoms that might indicate a serious condition

Sinus cancer is a serious condition. Seek prompt medical care if you, or someone you are with, have any of these symptoms:

  • Altered sense of smell or taste
  • Bulging of an eye or visual changes such as double vision
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent nosebleeds
  • Lump in the nose, face, mouth, throat or neck
  • Nosebleed that will not stop
  • Numbness, tingling or weakness in the face
  • Persistent sinus symptoms that last more than a couple weeks
  • Severe headache
  • Unexplained fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss

What is sinus cancer?

Cancers occurring in the nasal cavity and the sinuses that branch off of it are rare. Most sinus cancers are squamous cell carcinomas that originate in the lining of the sinuses or nasal cavity. Less common types of sinus and nasal cavity cancers include melanomas (the most dangerous type of skin cancer) and sarcomas ... Read more about sinus cancerintroduction


What causes sinus cancer?

It is not known what causes cancer to develop in the sinuses, although some factors have been identified that increase the risk of it occurring.

What are the risk factors for sinus cancer?

A number of factors increase the risk of developing sinus cancer. Not all people with risk factors will get sinus cancer. Risk factors for sinus cancer include:


How is sinus cancer treated?

A number of different treatments for sinus cancer may be used, depending upon the exact type of cancer that is present and the extent to which the cancer has spread.

The goal of sinus cancer treatment is to permanently cure the cancer or to bring about a complete remission of the disease. Remission means that there is no longer any sign of the disease in the body, although it may ... Read more about sinus cancertreatments

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Sep 20, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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