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There is no way to know for sure if you're going to get cancer of the nasopharynx. Certain factors can make you more likely than someone else to get it. These are called risk factors. However, just because you have one or more risk factors doesn't mean you will get cancer of the nasopharynx. In fact, you can have all the risk factors and still not get it. Or you can have no known risk factors and get it.
Risk factors for nasopharyngeal cancer may include the following:
Chinese or Asian ancestry
Exposure to the Epstein-Barr virus: The Epstein-Barr virus has been associated with certain cancers, including nasopharyngeal cancer and some lymphomas
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.