A 70-year-old male asked:
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what % of unilateral nasal polyps are cancerous?

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Dr. Nayla Mumneh
29 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Zero: Nasal polyps are not cancerous, but they multiply constantly and act as space occupying masses in the sinuses and nasal cavities.
Answered on Oct 8, 2017
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Few: You'll still be a lot more comfortable getting that annoying polyp removed.
Answered on Mar 31, 2013
Dr. Bernstein Joel
60 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Very rare: Cancer arising from a true nasal polyp whether unilateral or bilateral is not common. What should be considered with unilateral polyposis is a fungal infection. Unlike polyps of the colon, nasal polyps very rarely become malignant.
Answered on Aug 19, 2014

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Very much so: Basaloid. Your dad is seriously sick. I hope that treatment is successful and I am glad you are there for him.
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