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Swelling of submandibular salivary glands. Feel bumps on gland. Reason for swelling?

Hello. I have had swelling of my submandibular salivary glands for just over a year now. It started with just the left side but is now both sides. However, the left side is larger and of a different consistency. On the right side I feel a small, firm bump on the gland itself. The bump on the right side is not fixed and moves around slightly. I have had horrible anxiety about this since Adam from the group the Beastie Boys passed away from salivary gland cancer . I know this type of cancer is rare, but I cannot help my worry. What does this sound like to you?
Asked On : Sat, 24 Nov 2012
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Sep 2012
Hello, welcome to HCM,
Firstly, the swelling described by you more sounds like a lymph node, that may present in a normal person even in normal condition.
It is difficult to comment on these lump, whether it is a normal condition or a malignant salivary lesion.
For this, you have to visit a doctor in person for a thorough clinical examination. Only this can provide some clinical data about the nature of the lump.

Answered: Sat, 24 Nov 2012
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