Here is How you can Identify Salivary Gland Cancer

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jan 05, 2015

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  • Cancer that occurs in salivary glands is salivary gland cancer.
  • Usually occurs in parotid glands.
  • Lumps on the jaw or neck are common.
  • Survival rate is usually 5 years.

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.

Salivary Gland Cancer

The cancer mostly occurs in the parotid gland which is located right in front of the ear.

What are the Symptoms of Salivary Gland Cancer?

The signs and symptoms of can include:

  • A lump of swelling on or near the jaw or in the neck or mouth
  • Numbness in some part of the face
  • Muscle weakness on one side of the face
  • Consistent pain in the area of a salivary gland
  • Problem with opening the mouth widely

Salivary Gland Cancer


Prognosis for Salivary Gland Cancer

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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