Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Cancer of the Parotid Underlying Cause

The cause of parotid carcinoma is unknown, but genetics, smoking and radiation exposure seem to play a role.

Genes control all of the functions inside a cell. Special genes control how cells divide and grow. Cancer occurs when the damaged genes stimulate the cell to multiply out of control. The exact cause for this damage is unknown.


  • DNA
  • Genes on chromosomes
  • Cancer cells
  • Cancer cell division

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Last Updated: Dec 22, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Cancer of the Parotid References
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