What are the risk factors for Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinus cancer?
A risk factor is anything that increases your chance of developing a disease. Having risk factors, however, does not necessarily mean you will get cancer, so it’s important to know your own personal risk factors and discuss any concerns with your doctor.
Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinus Cavity Cancer risk factors can be either environmental and/or genetic. For example, if you’re exposed to chemicals or dust at work (such as in furniture making, sawmill work, bakery work or shoemaking) you may be at higher risk.
Other risk factors include:
- Tobacco usage
- A history of being infected with Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
- Being male
- Being older than 40 years old
Preventing or reducing your risk for Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinus Cavity Cancer often involves changing your lifestyle behaviors and certain environmental exposures.
- Eliminating tobacco use
- Reducing alcohol consumption
- Avoiding exposure to chemicals such as asbestos, nickel, sulfuric acid and paint fumes
- Taking safety precautions at work
- Getting vaccinated for HPV (human papillomavirus)
At Miami Cancer Institute, our team of experts will discuss with you what tests are best for your personal needs as well as any additional steps you can take to lower your risk of developing the disease.
The specialists at Miami Cancer Institute are available to discuss Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinus Cavity Cancer and any potential changes you can make to your diet, lifestyle or environmental influences to help decrease your risk of developing this (and other types) of cancer.