Salivary gland cancer is cancer found in any of the salivary glands in the mouth, neck and throat. There are 3 major types of salivary glands:
- Parotid glands: The largest salivary glands, they’re found in each cheek, over the lower jaw and in front of the ears.
- Sublingual glands: Found under the tongue, on the floor of the mouth
- Submandibular glands: Found at the back of the mouth, on both sides of the jaw
Additional small glands, called minor salivary glands, are located in the lips, inner cheeks and the lining of the mouth and throat.