Symptoms of salivary gland cancer
The signs or symptoms of salivary gland cancer may vary depending on where the tumour is growing. Non-cancerous salivary gland tumours and other health conditions can cause the same symptoms as salivary gland cancer.
The most common sign of salivary gland cancer is a painless lump in your jaw, cheek, mouth or neck. Other signs and symptoms of salivary gland cancer include:
- pain in your mouth, ear, jaw, throat or neck that doesn't go away
trouble opening your mouth widely (called trismus)
numbness (lack of feeling) in part of your face
drooping or weakness of the muscles on one side of your face
twitching of muscles on your face
problems swallowing and drooling
tearing in one eye
problems closing an eye
blood in your saliva
changes to your voice
changes to the skin over a lump on the jaw, cheek, mouth or neck
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