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Symptoms

The most common symptom is a lump or swelling on or near your jaw, or in your mouth or neck. This is often slow growing and not painful.

Remember this is a rare cancer and a lump in this area doesn’t necessarily mean you have cancer.

Overall, around 3 out of 4 tumours of the salivary gland (75%) are benign (non cancerous). But this might be different for some rarer types of salivary gland cancers.

Other symptoms

Apart from lump or swelling in the jaw area or in the mouth or neck other symptoms include:

  • numbness in a part of your face
  • drooping on one side of your face (facial palsy)
  • pain in the area of the lump or swelling
  • problems swallowing
  • difficulty opening your mouth fully
  • swelling on one side of your face
You should have a check up with your doctor if you have any of these symptoms. Remember all these symptoms can be caused by conditions other than cancer.

If it is 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.