Salivary Gland Cancer: Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 11/2016

ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about the number of people who are diagnosed with salivary gland cancer each year. You will read general information on surviving the disease. Remember, survival rates depend on several factors. Use the menu to see other pages.

Salivary gland cancer is uncommon in the United States. It is estimated that 1 adult out of 100,000 will be diagnosed with salivary gland cancer this year. This type of cancer makes up less than 1% of all cancers diagnosed in the United States. Salivary gland cancer is more likely to occur in older people; the average age of diagnosis is 64.

The 5-year survival rate tells you what percent of people live at least 5 years after the cancer is found. Percent means how many out of 100. The 5-year survival rate for salivary gland cancer is 72%. Survival rates for people with this type of tumor vary depending on the type and the extent, or stage, of the cancer. Approximately 43% of people are diagnosed at the early stage of the disease.

It is important to remember that statistics on the survival rates for people with salivary gland cancer are an estimate. The estimate comes from annual data based on the number of people with this cancer in the United States. Also, experts measure the survival statistics every 5 years. So the estimate may not show the results of better diagnosis or treatment available for less than 5 years. People should talk with their doctor if they have questions about this information. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society's (ACS) publication, Cancer Facts and Figures 2017: Special Section – Rare Cancers in Adults, and the ACS website.

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