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What is ‘Nose Cancer’?
The strange thing is that nose cancers do not arise from the nose – It actually arises from the nasopharynx. This is the area situated behind the nose, above the level of the soft palate. The brain lies in very close proximity, being separated from the nasopharynx by the bone of the skull base. The Eustachian tubes which drain the middle ears open into the side wall of the nasopharynx. Because of its position behind the nose, it is also referred to as the post-nasal space. For this reason, the correct name for these cancers is nasopharyngeal carcinoma or NPC.