Parotid Tumor (Tumour) Salivary Gland Cancer
Salivary gland cancer is rare, it can occur at any age, but is more common in people over 50.
The most common symptom of salivary gland cancer is a swelling on the side of the face which is
either just in front of the ears or under the jawbone. This can be accompanied by some numbness and drooping
on one side of the face, i.e. facial palsy.
The three main salivary glands are as follows: -
- Sublingual glands (underneath the tongue)
- Parotid glands (just in front of the ears at the sides of the mouth)
- Submandibular glands (under the jawbone)
The main and minor salivary glands are responsible for keeping the mouth moist (by producing saliva) and
helping food to slide down the gullet into the stomach.
Most salivary gland tumours are benign and by far the most common site is the parotid gland. Due to the
close proximity to the facial nerve, tumors in this area and any associated surgery can result in
complications affecting the facial nerve function.
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