Cancer of the nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses is rare. Doctors diagnose nasal cancer with imaging tests, lighted tube-like instruments that look inside the nose, and biopsies. The paranasal sinuses are small hollow spaces around the nose. They are lined with cells that make mucus, keeping the nose from becoming dry.


There may be no visible symptoms in the early stages, but as the cancer progresses, it may show itself through infections of the nasal cavity.

Risk Factors

  • Male and over 40 years old
  • Exposed to certain workplace chemicals
  • Infected with HPV
  • A smoker


Treatment options include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy or a combination of the three.