Are Nasal Polyps a Risk Factor for Cancer?
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My dad had nasal polyps. Is he at increased risk for cancer in the nasal cavity? Should he be getting any kind of regular screening tests?
Nasal polyps are usually associated with chronic inflammation of the nose caused by allergies or chronic sinusitis. Most nasal polyps are benign, and treatment can consist of steroids and other medications, with surgery reserved for non-responsive or advanced disease.
Polyps that occur in only one side of the nose (unilateral) are more suspicious and should always be biopsied. The specimen should be carefully evaluated to rule out other diseases that can mimic nasal polyps such as an inverting papilloma (IP). IP is a locally aggressive tumor and although benign, can progress to a malignancy in a small percentage of cases. The treatment for IP is surgical resection.
Bleeding and pain associated with unilateral polyps are even more suspicious and should be a warning sign of a possible underlying cancer. But if your dad did not have these symptoms and his other findings were consistent with nasal polyps, there is very little risk of developing nasal cancer.
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