Salivary gland masses are growths that are formed from abnormal cells in salivary glands. The salivary glands, while small, provide the much-needed function of making saliva.
About Salivary Gland Masses
There are three pairs of main salivary glands: the parotid, sublingual, and submandibular glands. There are other more minor salivary glands in the lips, cheeks, mouth, and throat.
Masses can form in any of these glands, but are most commonly found in the parotid, which is the largest. The cause of the mass formation or salivary gland cancer is not known.