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Hidden cancer- Nasopharyngeal carcinoma

This is a cancer which occurs in the nasopharynx - an area located behind the nose and above the throat. Vague nature of symptoms, hidden location and rare occurrence are all factors which are responsible for its late diagnosis. In fact, in most of the cases the diagnosis is only made after the cancer has metastasized thus making it difficult to treat. Although it most commonly occurs between ages 30 years and 60 years it can also occur in children. This cancer shows a very good response to radiation therapy and hence, radiation therapy is chosen as the first line of treatment.

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