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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Cáncer de glándula parótida

Parotid gland cancer (puh-RAH-tid )
Cancer that forms in a parotid gland, the largest of the salivary glands, which make saliva and release it into the mouth. There are 2 parotid glands, one in front of and just below each ear. Most salivary gland tumors begin in parotid glands.



 
 
Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.