Salivary gland disorders can be divided into infection/inflammation or tumours.
Salivary gland growths make up 6% of all head and neck tumours. They can be benign or malignant. Salivary gland cancers are rare with an incidence of 1 in 100 000 per population per year in Singapore.
Salivary glands are divided into two groups: major and minor salivary glands.
Majority of salivary gland tumours grow in the parotid glands, fortunately, most of them are benign. 50% of submandibular gland growths are cancerous while 75% of sublingual and minor salivary gland tumours are cancerous.
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