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Salivary Gland Tumor Prevention

There is no known way to prevent most salivary gland tumors, mainly because we don’t know what causes them.

Certain risk factors can increase a person’s chances for developing salivary gland tumors, including:

  • Radiation used to treat other head and neck cancers
  • Workplace exposure to radiation

Exposure to certain workplace substances may also increase the risk for salivary gland tumors. People regularly exposed to these substances should take steps to protect themselves. This includes people who work in:

  • Asbestos mining
  • Plumbing
  • Rubber manufacturing
  • Woodworking

Tobacco and alcohol are risk factors for most head and neck cancers. However, they do not seem to be a significant cause of salivary gland tumors.