Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinus Cancer: Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 08/2014

ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about how many people are diagnosed with this type of cancer each year and some general survival information. Remember, survival rates depend on several factors. To see other pages, use the menu on the side of your screen.

Both nasal cavity and paranasal sinus cancer are uncommon. Each year, about 2,000 people are diagnosed with nasal cavity or paranasal sinus cancer in the United States. Cancer of the nasal cavity or paranasal sinus is found more often in men than in women, and is more common with age. Approximately 4 out of 5 diagnoses occur in people who are at least 55 years old.

The five-year survival rate is the percentage of people who survive at least five years after the cancer is found. The five-year survival rate of people with nasal cavity or paranasal sinus cancer varies by stage, as described in the table below. The five-year survival rate for a noninvasive cancer is 63%. If the cancer is invasive but has not spread outside the nasal cavity, the five-year survival rate is 61%. If the cancer has spread to nearby lymph nodes, the five-year survival rate is 50%. If the cancer has spread to distant parts of the body, the five-year survival rate is 35%.

Cancer survival statistics should be interpreted with caution. These estimates are based on data from thousands of people with this type of cancer in the United States each year, so the actual risk for a particular individual may be different. It is not possible to tell a person how long he or she will live with nasal cavity or paranasal sinus cancer. Because the survival statistics are measured in five-year intervals, they may not represent advances made in the treatment or diagnosis of this cancer. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society.

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