You asked: Can sinus polyps turn into cancer?

How do you know if a nasal polyp is cancerous?

Symptoms of nasal and sinus cancer

  1. a persistent blocked nose, which usually only affects 1 side.
  2. nosebleeds.
  3. a decreased sense of smell.
  4. mucus running from your nose.
  5. mucus draining into the back of your nose and throat.

Are nasal polyps something to be worried about?

Nasal polyps are a fairly common condition that develop in approximately 4% of the population in the United States. These growths are benign, and in most cases they aren’t a cause for concern. In some cases, however, polyps can interfere with the function of the nasal passageways and sinuses.

What does a sinus tumor feel like?

Pain in the forehead, cheek, nose or around the eyes or ear. Post-nasal drip at the back of the throat. Frequent and persistent nosebleeds. Double or blurred vision.

Do nasal polyps need to be biopsied?

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A biopsy of nasal polyps is generally recommended following the CT scan. In many cases, surgical removal of the polyps is recommended in the operating room and the tissue can easily be sent for pathologic evaluation.

How long can nasal polyps be left untreated?

If symptoms persist longer than ten days and are not associated with a cold or allergies, seek medical attention. Even though nasal polyps are benign, if left untreated they can grow large enough to cause serious complications including obstructive sleep apnea, meningitis, blood clots and aneurysms.

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What is the fastest way to shrink nasal polyps?

Polyps can increase drainage and congestion, cause pain, and diminish smell. Until now, the only ways to try to shrink polyps have been the long-term use of corticosteroid nasal sprays, a short-term course of oral steroids, sinus irrigation, antibiotics, or surgery to remove them.