The most common symptom of salivary gland cancer is a swelling on the side of the face, just in front of the ear or under the jawbone.

The most common symptom of salivary gland cancer is a swelling on the side of the face, just in front of the ear or under the jawbone. This may be a painless swelling.

Other symptoms include:

  • numbness in part of your face
  • pain where the swelling is
  • earache
  • drooping on one side of your face (facial palsy)
  • difficulty opening your mouth fully.

These symptoms can be caused by other conditions. But it is important to have them checked by your doctor.

Salivary gland cancer can be treated more successfully when it is diagnosed early. We have more information about treatment for salivary gland cancer.