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

  • stuffy nose

  • changes to the skin over a lump on the jaw, cheek, mouth or neck