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Oral Salivary Gland Cancer

Understanding the Anatomy

14_minor_glandsYou have thousands of minor salivary glands all over your mouth and throat. They are most concentrated in the junction of the hard palate with the soft palate, in the lips and along the inner lining of your cheeks. But they also exist on the tongue and even down into your throat. Unlike major salivary glands, minor salivary glands do not have envelopes around them (aka capsule), nor do they have specific ducts.

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