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Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma (NPC)

Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma (NPC) - What it is

Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma is seen more commonly amongst people of Southern Chinese and Javanese descent.SingHealth Duke-NUS Head and Neck Centre shares more.The nasopharynx is part of the upper aerodigestive tract and it lies at the back of the anterior nasal space. Due to its inaccessible location, lesions of the nasopharynx are not easily detected, and hence tumours of the nasopharynx may present only at a later stage. NPC is a malignant neoplasm that arises from the epithelium of this anatomical site. It has a low incidence in the western population but in the local context, it is seen more commonly amongst people of Southern Chinese and Javanese descent.

Types of NPC

World Health Organisation (WHO) classifies NPC into the following three types, based on their histological appearance:

  1. Type I – Keratinising Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)
  2. Type II – Non-keratinising Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)
  3. Type III – Undifferentiated Carcinoma

In the local context, it is Type III that is by far the most common of the three.

Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma (NPC) - How to prevent?

Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma (NPC) - Preparing for surgery

Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma (NPC) - Post-surgery care

Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma (NPC) - Other Information

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