Nasal cavity and paranasal sinus cancer

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Reducing your risk for nasal cavity and paranasal sinus cancer

You may lower your risk of developing cancer of the nasal cavity or a paranasal sinus by doing the following.

Follow occupational health and safety guidelines

Being exposed to wood dust, leather dust, and other types of dust or fumes from certain chemicals is the most significant risk factor for cancer of the nasal cavity or a paranasal sinus. Follow occupational health and safety measures and wear appropriate equipment to help reduce your risk.

Live smoke-free

Smoking tobacco is a risk factor for cancer of the nasal cavity or a paranasal sinus. Don’t start using tobacco in any form (cigarettes, cigars or pipes). If you currently use tobacco, get help to quit. Quitting tobacco lowers your risk for cancer of the nasal cavity or a paranasal sinus. Former tobacco users have a lower risk than current users. The risk of cancer decreases with the number of years since you quit using tobacco.

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