Salivary Gland Cancer Risk Factors
  • Age: Most patients are diagnosed in their 50s and 60s
  • External radiation exposure, especially to the head and neck; this includes radiation therapy used in previous cancer treatment
  • Tobacco use – both smoking and chewing tobacco may increase the risk of squamous cell salivary cancers
  • Occupational exposure – workers exposed to silica dust, nickel-containing dust, asbestos, as well as those engaged in rubber products manufacturing, plumbing and some types of woodworking may be more likely to develop salivary cancer
  • Family history of salivary gland cancer
  • Diet – some studies suggest a diet high in animal fats and low in vegetables may increase the risk of salivary gland cancer