What Are the Key Statistics About Salivary Gland Cancer?

Salivary gland cancers are not very common, making up less than 1% of cancers in the United States. They occur at a rate of about 1 case per 100,000 people per year in the United States.

These cancers can occur in people of almost any age, but they become more common as people get older. The average age at the time of diagnosis is 64.

Overall, about 72% of people diagnosed with salivary gland cancer are still alive at least 5 years after being diagnosed. (This includes people with all types and stages of salivary gland cancer, but the outlook for some people might be better or worse than this.) For more statistics related to survival, see Survival Rates for Salivary Gland Cancer by Stage.

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Last Revised: September 28, 2017

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