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Salivary Gland Tumor Symptoms

A lump in your jaw, mouth, or neck

A lump in the jaw or mouth is the most common symptom of salivary gland cancer. A lump in the neck may be caused by an enlarged lymph node. Lumps that come and go are not usually due to cancer. Cancer usually forms a lump that slowly gets bigger.

Pain or weakness in your face that doesn’t go away.

Difficulty moving your jaw

A tumor that involves the bones, muscles, or nerves of the jaw can make it difficult to open your mouth. Most people are able to open their mouth about the width of three fingers. If you are having trouble opening your mouth this wide, see the head and neck cancer doctor.

Difficulty swallowing

Cancer of the salivary glands can cause pain or a burning sensation when chewing and swallowing food. Or you might feel like food is sticking in your throat.

Some other common symptoms include facial paralysis, pain and ear drainage.

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