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Can nasal polyps turn cancerous?

Almost never: True nasal polyps are inflammatory tissues arising from the lateral wall of the nose. They almost never degenerate into malignant tumors. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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What % of unilateral nasal polyps are cancerous?

What % of unilateral nasal polyps are cancerous?

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. ...Read more

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Are nasal polyps ever cancerous or turn cancerous?

Rarely, if ever: Common nasal polyps are usually due to allergy and do not become cancerous. It is possible for a cancer in the nasal cavity to project into the nasal lumen and meet the technical definition of a polyp, albeit very rarely. ...Read more

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Will bacitracin help nasal polyps?

Will bacitracin help nasal polyps?

No: Bacitracin is an antibiotic. Nasal polyps are a manifestation of allergic disease not a result of infection. I would recommend you seek treatment with an ENT or an allergist for the proper treatment. ...Read more

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Can i treat nasal polyps without surgery?

Nasal polyps: Sometimes. I have often had success avoiding surgery by treating polyps with short periods of steroids, then placing patients on a steroid nasal spray to diminish recurrence. This does not work with everyone, in which case surgery may be needed. Even then, i tell patients to think of surgery as a "haircut, " since polyps have a tendency to recur. www.mainlineent.com. ...Read more

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Do people with nasal polyps have a lot of pain?

Do people with nasal polyps have a lot of pain?

Rarely: Nasal polyposis is a benign inflammatory disease that arises from the lateral wall of the nose and usually causes nasal obstruction and if large enough causes anosmia (decrease in smell). These grape-like swollen tissues rarely if ever cause pain. If you have pain with nasal polyps, you may have sinusitis, which may be painful. See an ENT physician. ...Read more

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Could I still be a firefighter if I have nasal polyps?

Could I still be a firefighter if I have nasal polyps?

Yes, but...: Nasal polyps can definitely affect quality of life. Chronic sinusitis from polyps not only affect breathing but also may result in sleep disturbance, fatigue, and poor sense of smell. Depending on the severity of polyps, nasal obstruction or poor smell would definitely impair a firefighter (who needs to breath in distress or smell smoke). Polyps are definitely treatable so please see an ENT. ...Read more

Dr. Duane Gels
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Nasal Polyps (Definition)

Nasal polyps are hypertrophied (enlarged) portions of the lining of your nose or sinuses. They have been associated with sinus infection, allergic rhinitis, or both. The exact cause is still unclear. The treatment be medical, ...Read more


Polyp (Definition)

A polyp may occur anyplace on the body, but is most commonly seen in the colon when a colonscopy exam is done. It is a bump or protrusion from the lining of the GI tract and colon, which can can be benign or turn ...Read more