Can Salivary Gland Cancer Be Found Early?

Salivary gland cancer is not common, so doctors do not recommend testing for it unless someone has symptoms. Still, because of its location, in many cases salivary gland cancer can be found early. Often patients, their dentists, or their doctors notice a lump within one of the salivary glands (usually on the sides of the face or in the mouth). Checking the salivary glands for tumors is often a routine part of general medical and dental check-ups.

Being alert to possible signs and symptoms of salivary gland cancers and not ignoring them might help find these cancers early, when treatment is likely to be most effective.

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Last Medical Review: January 13, 2014 Last Revised: March 3, 2015

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