Acinic Cell Cancer (carcinoma)

Acinic cell carcinoma (ACC) is a rare type of salivary cancer that most commonly originates in the parotid glands. The parotid glands are the largest salivary glands responsible for producing saliva. Abnormal growth of cells in the salivary glands can form tumours. Acinic cell carcinoma is fairly slow-growing and less likely to spread to other areas outside.

If distant metastasis occurs then the most common site that the acinic cell carcinoma spread to is the lung followed by bone. Possible risk factors of acinic cell carcinoma include previous radiation exposure and genetic predisposition.

Acinic cell carcinoma is more common in women than in men.

Acinic cell carcinoma has a relatively good prognosis as there is almost 90% five-year survival rate.