Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinus Cancer: Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 06/2016

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

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 more common as people grow older. Approximately 4 out of 5 diagnoses occur in people who are at least 55 years old.

The 5-year survival rate tells you what percent of people live at least 5 years after the cancer is found. Percent means how many out of 100. The 5-year survival rate for nasal cavity and paranasal sinus cancer varies and is based on several factors, including the stage and grade of the cancer. Talk with your doctor about what you can expect with your specific diagnosis.

It is important to remember that statistics on how many people survive these types of cancer are an estimate. The estimate comes from data based on people with these types of cancer in the United States each year. So, your own risk may be different. Doctors cannot say for sure how long anyone will live with nasal cavity or paranasal sinus cancer. Also, experts measure the survival statistics every 5 years. This means that the estimate may not show the results of better diagnosis or treatment available for less than 5 years. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society.

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