Cancer warning: The hidden signs of tumours in your EARS - can you hear this noise?
CANCER symptoms vary depending on which part of the body is affected by a tumour. You could be at risk of deadly tumour signs if you often hear this noise in your ears.
Cancer is caused by cells in the body reproducing uncontrollably, according to the NHS.
The cancerous cells can destroy the healthy tissue surrounding them - including vital organs.
More than a third of all people develop cancer at some point in their lifetime, it added.
You could be at risk of nasopharyngeal cancer if you constantly hear a ringing in the ears, it’s been revealed.
Nasopharyngeal cancer is a rare type of cancer that affects a specific part of the throat, that connected the back of the mouth to the nose.
Spotting the disease can be difficult because the symptoms are similar to some other, less serious medical conditions, added the NHS.
But, one of the main warning signs of the cancer is tinnitus - a ringing sound that appears to come from inside the ears.
“In the UK, about 250 people are diagnosed with nasopharyngeal cancer each year,” it said.
“Nasopharyngeal cancer shouldn't be confused with other types of cancer that also affect the throat, such as laryngeal cancer and oesophageal cancer.
“Many people with nasopharyngeal cancer don't have any symptoms until the cancer reaches an advanced stage.
“Symptoms of nasopharyngeal cancer can include: Hearing loss, a lump in the neck, and tinnitus [hearing sounds that come from inside the body rather than from an outside source].
“See your GP if you develop any worrying symptoms, particularly if they don't improve after a few weeks.”
Other warning signs of nasopharyngeal cancer include having frequent nosebleeds, and having a persistent blocked or stuffy nose.
Those most at risk of the disease are people of south Chinese or north African descent, as well as people that eat a lot of salt-cured meat and fish.
If you have symptoms of the cancer, it’s very unlikely to be cause by nasopharyngeal cancer, but its still worth speaking to a doctor.
If your GP thinks you may have the cancer, they may exam your throat and refer you to a head and neck cancer specialist.
The condition could then be diagnosed by MRI or CT scans, a biopsy, or a nasendoscopy.
A nasendoscopy involves inserting a thin, flexible tube up the nose and down the throat. It’s used to check for any abnormalities.
The outlook and chances of survival for patients depends on their age, overall health, and how advanced the cancer was when it was diagnosed.
But, around half of all patients live for at least five years after their initial diagnosis.