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Are nasal polyps ever cancerous or turn cancerous?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Lester Thompson
Nasal polyps are usually a benign reactive condition. However, it is always possible for a tumor to grow in a polypoid fashion -- which would result in the polyp being a malignancy (cancer).
Dr. David Sherris
Facial Plastic Surgery

In brief: Rarely

Papillomas in the nose look like nasal polyps and become cancerous in 5-15% of cases.
Normal nasal polyps do not.

In brief: Rarely

Papillomas in the nose look like nasal polyps and become cancerous in 5-15% of cases.
Normal nasal polyps do not.
Dr. David Sherris
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: Nasal polyps

Are usually associated with chronic inflammation of the nose caused by allergies or chronic sinusitis- they are benign.
Rarely, other disease can mimic nasal polyps such as an inverting papilloma (ip). Ip is a locally aggressive tumor and although benign, can progress to a malignancy in a small percentage of cases.If polyp occurs only on one side, bleeds, painful- see your doctor for further eval.

In brief: Nasal polyps

Are usually associated with chronic inflammation of the nose caused by allergies or chronic sinusitis- they are benign.
Rarely, other disease can mimic nasal polyps such as an inverting papilloma (ip). Ip is a locally aggressive tumor and although benign, can progress to a malignancy in a small percentage of cases.If polyp occurs only on one side, bleeds, painful- see your doctor for further eval.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
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