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What is adenoid cystic carcinoma?

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Adenoid cystic carcinoma is a rare kind of cancer that usually starts in the glands that make saliva. These glands lie under your tongue and on each side of your jaw below the jawbone. It also can occur in other parts of your mouth and throat or other areas of your body, such as your sweat glands or tear glands.

From: What Is Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "What is salivary gland cancer?"

Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Organization International.

Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Research Foundation.

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Adenoid cystic carcinoma."

The Oral Cancer Foundation: "What is adenoid cystic carcinoma?"

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma."

Rodrigues Graca, S. , August 2012. BMJ Case Reports

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on September 19, 2016

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "What is salivary gland cancer?"

Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Organization International.

Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Research Foundation.

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Adenoid cystic carcinoma."

The Oral Cancer Foundation: "What is adenoid cystic carcinoma?"

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma."

Rodrigues Graca, S. , August 2012. BMJ Case Reports

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on September 19, 2016

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