Find out about symptoms and when to see your GP.
The most common symptom is a lump or swelling on or near your jaw, or in your mouth or neck.
Remember this is a rare cancer and a lump in this area doesn’t necessarily mean you have cancer.
Around 3 out of 4 tumours of the salivary gland (75%) are benign (non cancerous).
What to look for
Apart from lump or swelling in the jaw area or in the mouth or neck other symptoms include:
- numbness in part of your face
- drooping on one side of your face (facial palsy)
- pain in the area
- problems swallowing
- difficulty opening your mouth fully
- swelling on one side of your face
This is a rare disease and it is much more likely that some other problem is causing your symptoms.
If it is a cancer, the sooner it is diagnosed the better. And if it isn’t a cancer, there might well be treatment that will relieve or cure your symptoms.