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.

Asia accounts for 80% of all NPC cases in the world, and Southeast Asia countries (Singapore and Malaysia) have the highest prevalence.

Am I at Risk?

Yes, if you are above 40 years old and Asian (according to a recent study of >20,000 Asian individuals1). It is known that a virus called Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) is closely associated with the pathogenesis of nose cancer.

Known risk factors include exposure to air pollution and family history of nose cancer.

  1. http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1701717

What is NPC GOLD™ ?

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

How can NPC GOLD™ help me?

Improved detection of nose cancer at stages 1 and 2 with NPC GOLDTM allows early treatment to be implemented and it can lead to increased survival rates1.

  1. http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1701717

When should I see a GP?

  • If you are in the risk group: above 40 years old and Asian.
  • If you have a family member who has been diagnosed with nose cancer.
  • If you are experiencing nose bleeds, painless neck lumps, hearing loss, facial pain/numbness, and blurred/ double vision.

How do I get screened?

  • Please refer to the steps below.

If your result is positive?

You are recommended to repeat the NPC GOLDTM test 4 weeks later. If the result is positive again, you will be referred to an ENT specialist.

If your result is negative?

You are recommended to do an annual screening with NPC GOLDTM for early detection.

HOW TO GET YOURSELF TESTED

  • STEP 1

    Call 6592 5079 or 6592 5102 to inform us of which GP you are going to.

  • STEP 2

    Ask your GP to order the NPC GOLDTM test. GP will draw a small amount of your blood and send it over to us. Your report will be sent back to your GP in 4~6 working days.

NPC Gold: Early Detection, Early Treatment

If you have any queries, call 6592 5079.