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Nasopharyngeal Cancer

Stay informed, and learn how to reduce your risk.

Nasopharyngeal cancer is relatively uncommon in the United States. Rates of this cancer are higher in southern China and other areas of South-East Asia, and twice as common in men than in women.

This content was last updated on May 4, 2020

Almost 130,000 cases of this cancer were reported in 2018, the latest available data. Although nasopharyngeal cancer is a type of head and neck cancer, AICR analyzed it separately from other head and neck cancers.

The nasopharynx lies behind your nose and at the upper part of the throat.

AICR’s latest report analyzing the global evidence related to certain lifestyle factors and nasopharyngeal cancer found that eating high amounts of a specific Chinese-style of dried fish increased risk of this cancer.

Lifestyle and nasopharyngeal cancer risk.

  • Diet

    There is strong evidence that eating high amounts of Cantonese-style salted fish increases the risk of nasopharyngeal cancer.

    • Cantonese-style salted fish is generally made by drying the fish, using less salt and a higher degree of fermentation during the drying process than fish preserved (or salted) by other means.
    • The link between nasopharyngeal cancer and fish does not apply to fish prepared, or salted, in other ways. 
  • Smoking

    Smoking tobacco is a cause of nasopharyngeal cancer.

  • Occupational exposure

    Occupational exposure to wood dust and formaldehyde is a cause of nasopharyngeal cancer.

  • Infectious agents

    Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection is a cause of nasopharyngeal cancer. Yet, this virus alone is not enough to cause nasopharyngeal cancer to develop.

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