Nasopharyngeal cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the nasopharynx. Ethnic background and being exposed to the Epstein-Barr virus can affect the risk of nasopharyngeal cancer.Nasopharyngeal carcinoma is an uncommon disease in Australia and the prevalence of this disease is 0.5/100,000.
If cancer has spread to the lymph nodes, the doctor may remove lymph nodes and other tissues in the neck. Doctors may offer screenings to people thought to be at high risk of the disease. Screening may involve blood tests to detect the Epstein-Barr virus. Infectious contacts should be avoided where possible, especially during periods of neutropenia.