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Your QuestionIs mucoepidermoid carcinoma a genetic disease?
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Mucoepidermoid carcinoma, or cancer of the salivary gland, is a "genetic" disease in the sense that it occurs due to changes (mutations) in genes that regulate how cells in the body divide. However, mucoepidermoid carcinoma is not inherited from a parent or passed down through a family.
Last updated: 8/2/2011
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