What are the signs and symptoms?

The signs and symptoms of salivary gland cancer depend on where the cancer is, its size, and how far it has spread in the body. 

Common signs and symptoms include:

  • a lump in front of the ear or in the neck

  • drooping on one side of the face

  • numbness in the face

  • a lump or sore inside the mouth that does not go away

  • trouble swallowing or opening the mouth widely.

Most of these are also signs and symptoms of other conditions. However, if you have any of these symptoms for more than a few weeks, speak with your doctor as early as possible. They may be able to help diagnose and treat you.