Nasopharyngeal cancer

Can nasopharyngeal cancer be prevented?

The nasopharynx connects the back of your nose to the back of your throat. It allows you to breathe through your nose and swallow mucus produced by the lining of your nose.

This type of cancer is very rare in the UK but it is more common in some ethnic groups, for example people of Chinese origin. Around 240 cases are diagnosed a year in the UK.

Evidence shows that eating Cantonese-style salted fish can cause this type of cancer.

This means that people eating a south-east Asian diet may be at higher risk of nasopharyngeal cancer.

Smoking also increases the risk of nasopharyngeal cancer. If you do smoke, stopping smoking will reduce your risk. The NHS stop smoking service can help you quit.

Visit NHS Choices to find out about the symptoms and treatment of nasopharyngeal cancer.