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What is the difference between salivary gland cancer and oral cancer?

What is the difference between salivary gland cancer and oral cancer?

Location: There are 3 pairs of main salivary glands, in front of both ears, under the jaw and under the tongue. Cancers of these glands are salivary gland cancers. Cancer of the lining of the inside of the mouth are oral cavity cancers. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Could there be a difference betw salivary gland cancer and oral cancer?

Could there be a difference betw salivary gland cancer and oral cancer?

Depends: Oral cancer refers to any malignancy in the mouth. Lingual salivary gland tumors manifest this way. But most parotid salivary gland tumors may not. There are all sorts of other tumors that star right in the mouth, as tongue, mucosal, gingival. , etc. ...Read more

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Can one get salivary gland cancer from oral sex?

Unlikely: You can get an hpv virus from oral sex, and it can possibly cause oral cancer, in extremely rare cases hpv virus was found in salivary glands, it is thought that it may increase chances of getting salivary gland cancer but doesn't cause it directly. But the salivary gland cancer is very rare type of cancer in us. ...Read more

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How does someone get cancer of salivary gland?

How does someone get cancer of salivary gland?

Rare cancer: Although there is no single predominant risk factor for salivary gland tumors, potential ones include radiation exposure, cigarette smoking (whartin tumor only), certain viral infections, and some environmental and industrial hazards. Salivary gland tumors are relatively rare, accounting for less than 10% of head/neck tumors. ...Read more

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What type of benign lesions are there for a hard painless bump on palate? What percentage is there that it's salivary gland cancer or palatial cancer?

What type of benign lesions are there for a hard painless bump on palate? What percentage is there that it's salivary gland cancer or palatial cancer?

Probably torus: 1 out of every 4 people have a hard painless midline benign boneyard growth called a torus palatinus. Any lump or growth should be evaluated asap by your dentist to rule out other causes. Unless you drink excessively, smoke, have ill-fitting dentures, or have hiv, chances of oral cancer are very rare. For peace of mind, and to rule out any other lesions, call your dentist...Now. ...Read more

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Pain in left side neck. Dr said its salivary gland infection. Is this common and how can u tell it's just an infection and not a tumor or cancer.

Pain in left side neck.  Dr said its salivary gland infection.  Is this common and how can u tell it's just an infection and not a tumor or cancer.

Pain: Hi,Salivary gland swelling due to infection is painful ,usually due to blockage by stone resulting in infn(Staph).Dry mouth due to decrease saliva also cause.Pain worse w.eating.Tumor is more firm & movable,(unless malignant which will get fixed).S.gld.infn.not uncommon.Rx antibiotics.If stone:may pass on own,or massage or fine manipulation by dr.w.fine instrumt.Stmes biopsy needed.Tumor:unlikely ...Read more

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Can sinus infection cause feeling of something stuck in throat for 3 months? No other symp besides enlarged salivary gland or node. Cancer? Clear ct

Can sinus infection cause feeling of something stuck in throat for 3 months? No other symp besides enlarged salivary gland or node. Cancer? Clear ct

You need to see a : Specialist physician. Problem has gone on too long. Please see an otolaryngologist (ENT) for a complete history and physical. Bring your old records and any test results/images. I suspect they will inspect your throat with a special scope. Depending on prior workup, additional sinus or neck imaging may be useful. ...Read more

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Salivary Gland (Definition)

There are major and minor salivary glands. The major glands (parotid, submandibular, and sublimgul) are paired on each side of the jaw. There are about 300 minor glands scattered about the mouth and throat. They all produce saliva which keeps the mouth moist and helps with ...Read more


Dr. Louis Gallia
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Mouth (Oral) Cancer (Definition)

Oral cancer is any cancer located in the mouth. Symptoms are variable but include mass in the mouth, difficulty eating, and tongue problems. ...Read more