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Reducing your risk for nasopharyngeal cancer
You may lower your risk of developing nasopharyngeal cancer by doing the following.
Limit the amount of salted fish and pickled foods you eat
Research shows that a diet high in salt-cured foods, especially Chinese-style salted fish, increases the risk for nasopharyngeal cancer. Other studies suggest that vegetables pickled by fermentation may increase the risk. Limiting the amount of salted and pickled foods you eat may lower your chances of developing nasopharyngeal cancer.
Be a non-smoker
Smoking is a risk factor for nasopharyngeal cancer. Don’t start smoking. If you smoke, get help to quit.
Follow safety guidelines at work
Breathing in formaldehyde or wood dust at work is linked to a higher risk of nasopharyngeal cancer. Follow all work safety instructions to limit your contact with formaldehyde and wood dust.
Eat vegetables and fruit
Research suggests that eating a diet high in vegetables and fruit may offer some protection against nasopharyngeal cancer. Vegetables and fruit play a key role in a healthy diet. Eat a variety of vegetables and fruit every day.
Find out if you’re at high risk for nasopharyngeal cancer
Some people can have a higher than average risk for nasopharyngeal cancer. Talk to your doctor about your risk. If you are at higher than average risk, you may need to visit your doctor more often to check for nasopharyngeal cancer. Your doctor will recommend what tests you should have and how often you should have them.
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