From 1970 to 1996, 129 cases of intraoral minor salivary gland tumors were diagnosed at the Department of Pathology, Nihon University School of Dentistry. The diagnosis of each case was based on the 1991 WHO classification. Eighty benign and 49 malignant minor salivary gland tumors were found in the approximately 9, 300 oral biopsies submitted during the 27-year period. Pleomorphic adenomas were the most commonly histologic type of the benign tumors identified and 51 % of the malignant tumors were diagnosed as mucoepidermoid carcinoma. The most common primary location of the tumors was the palate. Sixty percent of all tumors occurred in females and the peak age for incidences of all tumors was found in the third, fourth, sixth and seventh decades. These results were compared with those of the studies in different world population groups.
Nihon University School of Dentistry