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Health Tip: Reduce Risk for Salivary Gland Cancer

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(HealthDay News) -- Salivary gland cancer is caused by tumors that grow in any area of the salivary glands.

During any physical exam, your doctor should check your salivary glands for any lumps or anything unusual.

The American Cancer Society says symptoms of salivary gland cancer usually include an unexplained lump on or persistent pain in the face, mouth or neck. Any sudden difference in size or shape of one side of the face or neck, or numbness or weakness in these areas should be reported to your doctor.

A family history of salivary gland cancer may make you more likely to develop the disease, says the Cancer Society. Tobacco use and high-fat diets without enough vegetables may also raise a person's risk for salivary gland cancer. Links have been reported between the disease and exposure to radiation of the face and neck, and exposure to nickel alloy dust and silica dust.

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