What are the signs and symptoms?

The signs and symptoms of nasal and paranasal sinus cancers depend on where the cancer is, its size and how far it has spread in the body. 
Common signs and symptoms include: 
  • decreased or loss of sense or smell 

  • blocked or congested nose that does not clear

  • pressure or pain behind the nose around the upper teeth

  • nosebleeds (particularly if only on one side)

  • a lump or sore inside the nose or mouth or on the face.

Other symptoms may include:

  • frequent headaches or pain in the sinus areas

  • numbness or tingling in the face

  • swelling or trouble with the eyes, such as double vision, complete or partial loss of sight, or a bulging or watery eye

  • painful or loose teeth (or dentures)

  • pain or pressure in the ear.

Some people with nasal or paranasal sinus cancers may not experience any symptoms at all. However if you have any of these symptoms for more than a few weeks, talk to your doctor as early as possible. They may be able to help diagnose and treat you.