A rare form of cancer that begins in the salivary glands is known as salivary gland cancer. It can occur in any of the salivary glands like mouth, neck or throat. These glands perform the function of producing saliva which helps in digestion and keeps the mouth moist.
There are three pairs of major salivary glands, upper and behind the jaw- parotid, sublingual and submandibular. Many salivary glands are located in the lips, inside the cheeks and throughout the mouth and throat.
The cancer mostly occurs in the parotid gland which is located right in front of the ear.
The signs and symptoms of can include:
The survival rate of the patients who suffer from salivary gland cancer is 5 years. However, there are many patients who live longer than that. To make the survival rate to 5 years, the doctors have to look at people who were treated 5 years ago. The rates below are based on the stage of cancer at which is being diagnosed.
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