Background of Nasopharyngeal Cancer

Nose Cancer, also known as Nasopharyngeal Cancer (NPC), occurs as a mass in the nasopharynx, which is behind the nose and above the back of the throat.

Who is at Risk?

Individuals above 40 years old and Asian, as documented in a study of >20,000 Asian individuals. A virus called Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) is closely associated with the occurrence of nose cancer. Known risk factors include exposure to air pollution and family history of nose cancer

What is NPC GOLD™ ?

NPC GOLD is a cancer screening test with a focus on nose cancer by analysing the blood samples. This non-invasive test examines the presence of the DNA from EBV.

How can NPC GOLD™ help my patients?

Improved detection of nose cancer at stages 1 and 2 with NPC GOLD™ allows early treatment to be implemented and it can lead to increased survival rates.

When should I consider prescribing a test?

  • If the patient is in the risk group.
  • If the patient has a family member who has been diagnosed with nose cancer or you believe you are at risk.
  • If the patient is experiencing nose bleeds, painless neck lumps, hearing loss, facial pain/numbness, and blurred/ double vision.

What happen after I get my patient screened?

If the result is positive?

The patient should be recommended to repeat the NPC GOLD™ test 4 weeks later. If the result is again positive, the patient should be referred to an ENT specialist.

If the result is negative?

The patient should be recommended to do annual screening with NPC GOLD™ for early detection.


  • STEP 1

    Call Parkway Lab Services (PLS) at 6248 5873 or 6248 5874 for Test Order Form   & shipping instruction.

  • STEP 2

    Complete Order Form  and sign.

  • STEP 3

    Call PLS at 6248 5873 or 6248 5874 for sample pick-up.

  • STEP 4

    PLS sends back the report in 4~6 working days.

If you have any queries, call 6592 5079/6592 5102 (Lucence) or 6248 5873/6248 5874 (PLS).