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Does swollen parotid gland with sleep apnea,weakness in a smoker indicate cancer ?

I have a swelling in my left parotid gland(deep lobe ) for almost 4 years now.There has no significant change in size of the swelling.NO other sysmtpoms except of some amount of sleep apnea and and general weakness.I also suffer from an elongated styloid process on same side from a lon time.Can this be cancerous also I am a mild smoker.
Asked On : Sat, 3 Mar 2012
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deep lobes of parotid are not very amicable to FNAC, though an FNAC will be fruitful if the swelling is evident. A long standing lump which is not increasing in size is usually benign, however may be removed due to cosmetic reasons or remote chances of development of malignancy.
Secondly your sleep apnea is possibly not related to this.
Possibly the elongated styloid process will not interfere with surgery.
My suggestion will be to go in for surgery at good centre.
take care.
Answered: Sat, 3 Mar 2012
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