About Cancer in Sinus Cavities

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Cancer in the sinus cavity is not that common. There are not too many people who are diagnosed with it simply because it can be prevented easily. In fact, according to Cancer.net, there are only about 2000 people who are diagnosed with cancer in the sinus cavity every year. Usually, the cancer in the sinus cavity comprises of squamous cell carcinomas that comes with the lining of our sinus cavity. But in some cases, cancer in the sinus cavity may include melanomas or skin cancer and sarcomas or the cancer that affects our tissues as complication.

The symptoms of cancer in the sinus cavity are similar with that of sinusitis. This includes the inflammation of our sinuses that is best manifested by congestion, runny nose, facial pain, unexplained pain in the eye and tooth. In some cases, facial muscle weakness and an unusual lump in the mouth, nose, or throat may indicate that you have cancer in your sinus cavity.

Patients diagnosed with cancer in the sinus cavity are seen with bulging eyes and experiencing double vision. There is also a significant change in their sense of hearing, sight, and smell. In addition to that, fatigue and weight loss can also be a sign of cancer in the sinus cavity. If these symptoms of sinusitis persist for weeks or months and your nose is frequently bleeding, it is already important that you seek medical attention immediately.

Like what we have been mentioning earlier, cancer in the sinus cavity is the more complicated version of sinusitis. Although there is no clear cut statement on as to what causes it, several common ground or characteristics are observed. People who are 40 years old and above and who are exposed to alcohol and certain chemicals are more prone to having cancer in the sinus cavity. It was also observed that there are more male than female patients and a lot of them are chain smokers! The presence of human papilloma virus also comes into play. It is believed that if you are infected with this virus, you are more at risk in having cancer in your sinus cavity.

But not just because you fall on the said category, does not automatically mean that you should wait in vain to be diagnosed with cancer in the sinus cavity. The good news is, it can be prevented easily. You can lower your risk of developing cancer in the sinus cavity by taking extra precaution in exposing yourself to certain dangerous chemicals. You should wear adequate protective clothing if being exposed to these chemicals is part of your job. It would also help if you can quit smoking and reduce alcohol consumption.

Treatment for sinus cancer varies depending on the kind of cancer seen and the extent of the inflammation. The location and size are also important factors that a doctor would consider in order to formulate the best treatment plan for you. The treatment plans for patients with cancer in the sinus cavity are geared to permanently cure cancer and free the patient from any chance that the cancer may recur or relapse later on. More often, doctors recommend surgery and radiation therapy or chemotherapy to treat cancer in the sinus cavity. Surgery is not only used to remove the cancerous cells in your sinus cavity, it can also be a tool to evaluate how far has the cancer spread in your body. Some doctors are also advocating on the patient’s participation on a clinical trial to try on new and promising therapies for the treatment of cancer in the sinus cavity. In some cases, complementary treatment such as acupuncture and yoga is also worth a try.

Although cancer in the sinus cavity is not really an emergency case, still, it should be treated promptly upon diagnosis. We should not wait when we are already experiencing nonstop nose bleeding or extremely severe headache. It is best to seek medical attention when your nose bleeds frequently, develop double vision, facial weakness, and an apparent change in facial appearance.

 

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