HEAD AND NECK CANCER GUIDE
Cancer of Salivary Glands
Salivary glands produce saliva that keeps your mouth wet and helps in swallowing and digestion. There are 3 main pairs of salivary glands. These are:
- parotid glands – located between cheeks and ears;
- sublingual glands – under the tongue;
- submandibular glands – located below each side of the jaw.
Salivary gland cancer most commonly affects the parotid glands.
Symptoms of salivary gland cancer are:
- swelling near the jaw, neck, or mouth
- swelling without pain in the affected area
- difficulty in swallowing
- difficulty in opening the mouth wide
- difficulty in moving a single part of the face, known as facial nerve paralysis