About 90% of salivary gland tumors are benign but most still require surgical removal. The most common symptom of a salivary gland tumor is a palpable lump just below or in front of the earlobe.
Cancer of the throat is more common in people who have a smoking history. However, younger patients without a smoking history can also develop cancer involving the throat. Common symptoms include a persistent sore throat, hoarseness greater than 3 weeks, difficulty swallowing, bad breath, or unexplained bleeding from the throat. Any of these symptoms warrant a prompt evaluation. Treatment usually involves a combination of chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Cancer of the oral cavity includes the lips, cheeks, gums, or tongue. A non-healing wound, unexplained pain, or a mass in these areas should be promptly evaluated. Treatment usually involves surgical removal of the tumor with the possibility of post-operative radiation therapy.