Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the mouth

Melissa Westermann
School of Medicine, University of California Irvine
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The patient, a 50 y/o male with poor dental hygiene, a 20+-year history of chewing on Betel nut presented with hyperplastic leukoplakia on the anterior tongue and proliferations on the lower lip indicative of squamous cell carcinoma. Squamous cell carcinoma of the mouth is common in the Indian sub-continent. The disease is seen more in males than in females, and the chewing of betel nut (a mild stimulant from Areca palm) contributes to the pathogenesis. Cancer can affect the tongue, floor of the mouth, gingiva, buccal mucosa, retromolar trigone and hard palate. Biopsy is needed to confirm diagnosis. Surgical removal and radiation therapy are used to treat. In a study of patients in Mumbai, the five-year survival was 39.1%.
 
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Nov 27, 2009 2461 VA:11:27:2212:2009
 
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