Parotid Tumor

As the largest salivary glands, the parotid glands are involved in saliva production to keep the mouth moist. Located in front of the ears, these glands extend to the area beneath the earlobe along the angle of the jaw bone (mandible). Parotid tumors present both functional and aesthetic consequences due to the proximity of the facial nerve and the gland’s alignment with the contours of the mandible. Most parotid tumors are benign (non-cancerous) with the minority of parotid gland tumors being malignant (cancerous).