Salivary gland tumours or neoplasms are tumours that form in the tissues of salivary glandsthe salivary glands are classified as major or minorthe major salivary glands consist of the parotid submandibular and sublingual glands the minor salivary glands consist of 800 1000 small mucus secreting glands located throughout the lining of the oral cavity. Salivary gland tumors can begin in any of the salivary glands in your mouth neck or throat salivary glands make saliva which aids in digestion keeps your mouth moist and supports healthy teeth you have three pairs of major salivary glands under and behind your jaw parotid sublingual and submandibular. Salivary gland tumors form in the salivary glands which are small organs in the mouth and throat that make saliva most salivary gland tumors form in the parotid glands just in front of and below each ear or in the salivary glands under the tongue or near the jaw in children most salivary gland tumors are benign noncancer. Salivary gland cancers malignant salivary gland tumors there are many types of salivary gland cancers normal salivary glands are made up of many different kinds of cells and tumors can start in any of these cell types salivary gland cancers are named according to which of these cell types they most look like when seen under a microscope. Salivary gland surgery about the salivary glands there are three paired glands in the head and neck that produce saliva the parotid glands are the largest and overlie the angle of the jaw in front of the ear a tube known as stensens duct drains saliva from the glands into the mouth
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