Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is more common in males than females, unlike other cancer; the incidence rate of NPC is the highest in middle aged men (40-50 years old). It is the 8th most common cancer in Hong Kong among the male population with 40.2% mortality rate in 2012. However, with the help of new drugs, early detection and better imaging, the incidence rate and mortality rate of NPC are both declining gradually over the past 10 years.

NPC is hard to detect at early stages, people with family history or history of EBV infection should perform the diagnostic tests like MRI, CT scan, EBV serology and blood tests as soon as possible. The survival rate is much higher (almost doubled) if NPC is detected in early stages.

Despite the incidence, causes, investigations and staging of NPC, this book also mentions some early warning signs of NPC, their treatments at different stages and clarifications of some false assumptions made by public.


Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma