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Salivary Gland Tumors

Alternate Names : Salivary Gland Neoplasms, Salivary Gland Cancer

Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

The salivary gland is one of three pairs of glands that secrete saliva. Saliva helps the body break down food for digestion. Salivary gland tumors are growths in the tissues of these glands.

What is going on in the body?

There are three pairs of major salivary glands. The first and largest pair is the parotid glands. They sit in front of and just below the ear. The second largest pair is the submandibular glands. These sit under the side of the jaw. The sublingual glands sit under the tongue in the floor of the mouth. Scattered below the lining of the mouth and throat are minor salivary glands. Each of the glands secretes saliva into the mouth through ducts.

Salivary gland tumors can arise from the cells in the glands, the ducts, or the supporting structures not involved in saliva secretion. These growths can be cancerous or noncancerous. Approximately 80% of salivary gland tumors occur in the parotid gland.

What are the causes and risks of the condition?

The cause of salivary gland tumors is unknown.


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Salivary Gland Tumors: Symptoms & Signs

Author: Mark Loury, MD
Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
Date Reviewed: 07/01/01

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