Find out more about nasopharyngeal cancer, including how common it is and ways to reduce your risk
The nasopharynx connects the back of your nose to the back of your throat. It allows you to breathe through your nose and swallow mucus produced by the lining of your nose.
This type of cancer is very rare in the UK but it is more common in some ethnic groups, for example people of Chinese origin. In 2019, 628 cases of nasopharyngeal cancer were diagnosed in the UK*.
Evidence shows that eating Cantonese-style salted fish can cause this type of cancer.
This means that people eating a south-east Asian diet may be at higher risk of nasopharyngeal cancer.