An array of health problems have been linked to exposure to Agent Orange, including a variety of cancers. Could cancer of the salivary gland also be a possible result of exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War? If a mass is discovered in your parotid glands, it is absolutely critical that you see a parotid expert who can determine if it is cancerous or not with a biopsy. Dr. Larian at the CENTER for Advanced Parotid & Facial Nerve Surgery in Beverly Hills has patients that seek treatment from him from all over the world because of his comprehensive knowledge and cutting-edge treatments for diseases in the salivary gland.
Agent Orange –
What is it?
The United States dumped about 20,000,000 gallons of Agent Orange, a chemical herbicide, all over the rural lands and forests in Vietnam from 1962 – 1971 during the Vietnam War so that enemy forces could not use this land as hiding spots. The lack of vegetation in the area caused guerrilla forces to move into areas that are more exposed. As a result, veterans exposed to this chemical have experienced an increased cancer rate.
Who is at risk of developing cancer in the salivary gland?
Agent Orange has been shown to potentially cause injury to DNA cells, which in turn, can lead to an increase risk of cancer in the salivary gland. The damaged DNA cells can cause abnormal growths in different areas of the body. On the other hand, there are no studies so far that directly link Agent Orange to salivary gland cancer. Salivary gland tumors and deep lobe parotid tumors are also possible results of Agent Orange Exposure.
How Does Cancer in the Salivary Gland Develop?
The anatomy of the parotid gland shows some interesting facts regarding cancer in the salivary gland. First, close to 80% of all salivary gland tumors originate in the parotid glands. The other 15% originate in the submandibular glands, and the last 5% occur in the sublingual and minor salivary glands. Although most of the tumors of the salivary gland originate in the parotid glands, only about 20% of them turn out to be cancerous. Radiation exposure is the most widely-known cause of cancer in the salivary gland. This is why a deadly chemical, like Agent Orange, may cause salivary gland cancer because it may have effects similar to radiation in that area.
Best Treatments for
Salivary Gland Cancer
When performing a minimally invasive parotidectomy, the patient’s well-being and comfort are of the utmost importance to Dr. Larian. The micro-parotidectomy is absolutely an advanced development in treating salivary gland cancer. If it is determined that you need a salivary gland tumor removed, the minimally invasive surgery technique results in less scarring, recovery time, and pain that the standard surgery technique.
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Salivary gland cancer may be a large concern if you have ever been exposed to Agent Orange. Find out more about treating salivary gland tumors by calling to schedule a consultation at the CENTER for Advanced Parotid & Facial Nerve Surgery in Beverly Hills today! Dr. Larian is a leading parotid expert using the most advanced, minimally invasive surgical techniques to treat cancer in the salivary gland. Call us today at (888) 687-6118.
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