What Are the Key Statistics About Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinus Cancers?

Cancers of the nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses are rare, with about 2,000 people in the United States developing these cancers each year.

These tumors are more common with age, with about 4 out of 5 cases occurring in people who are at least 55 years old.

Men are more likely than women to get these cancers. They occur much more often in certain areas of the world such as Japan and South Africa.

Most cancers of the nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses occur in the maxillary sinuses or in the nasal cavity. They are less common in the ethmoid sinuses, and are rare in the frontal and sphenoid sinuses.

Survival statistics for these cancers are discussed in the section Survival Rates for Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinus Cancers, by Stage.

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Last Revised: December 1, 2017

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