Risk Factors/Signs and Symptoms

Research is increasing regarding what we know about nasopharyngeal cancer. Scientists are learning more about its causes. Following are common risk factors for the disease:

Chinese or Asian Ancestry.

Exposure to the Epstein-Barr Virus (The Epstein-Barr virus has been associated with certain cancers, including nasopharyngeal cancer and some lymphomas.)

Drinking Large Amounts of Alcohol.

Signs and Symptoms

These and other symptoms may be caused by nasopharyngeal cancer. Other conditions may cause the same symptoms. A doctor should be consulted if any of the following problems occur:

A lump in the nose or neck.

A sore throat.

Trouble breathing or speaking.


Trouble hearing.

Pain or ringing in the ear.


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