Like many other forms of cancer, the exact causes of salivary gland cancer are unknown. Non-cancerous (benign) tumours of the salivary glands are more common than cancerous (malignant) tumours.
Tumours affecting the salivary glands are not infectious and can′t be passed on to other people. They are not caused by an inherited faulty gene, so the relatives of someone with salivary gland cancer aren′t likely to develop it.
The earlier cancer is detected the better are the chances of cure and complete recovery. It is important to realize that many cancers today are curable.
Monthly self examination by each and every one of us will go a long way in detecting cancer at the early stage. One can stand in front of large mirror and look for the following :
If you find anything abnormal, record it on a notebook and report it to your doctor. In case everything is normal, RELAX!
For Head and Neck Cancer Dental and ENT Check up is must for both the sexes. In case of suspicion, one should go for Endoscopy, biopsy, X-Ray, CT – Scan, MRI, PET CT
This is most important for all of us because it is through these annual check ups that we can find out about the status of our health.
All smokers and tobacco chewers need several counselling sessions to leave the habit and ensure they do not start taking tobacco, after quitting it.