For patients at risk for cancer, it’s important to know facts and statistics on sinus tumors to better identify the symptoms when they occur. See the facts below for a basic understanding of the condition. From there, ask your doctor for more information, so you can make informed decisions about your care.
- The sinuses are empty cavities lined with cells to produce mucus. Mucus keeps the nose from drying out.
- The sinuses are located behind the nose and cheeks.
- Cancerous tumors in the sinuses are rare in the United States.
- Squamous cell carcinoma, cancer of the lining of the sinuses, is the most common type of sinus cancer diagnosed.
- Sinus tumors may be hard to treat since they are so close to so many vital organs.
- Some symptoms include chronic blocked nose, sinus infection symptoms, bleeding, swelling and pain the face, vision changes and swelling in the roof of the mouth.
- Patients who work in furniture, leather and textile manufacturing are at a higher risk for developing sinus tumors.
- Treatments may include surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.
- Recovery rates depend on the patient’s condition and overall health.