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Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2005 Mar;34(2):149-51.

Lip cancer in Zimbabwe. Report of 14 cases.

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  • 1Department of Dentistry, College of Health Sciences, University of Zimbabwe, PO Box A178, Avondale, Harare, Zimbabwe.


Lip cancer, relatively common among fair-skinned males, is uncommon among Black-skinned males. In a 10-year review period of 358 Black African patients with orofacial squamous cell carcinoma, 3.9% (n = 14) were found on the lip with a male to female ratio of 2.5:1. Fifty percent (n = 7) of the patients were albinos and two were children with xeroderma pigmentosum. The lower lip was most commonly affected (78.6%). The well-differentiated and moderately differentiated histopathologic types each comprised 42.9% of the lesions. Alcohol consumption and tobacco usage was admitted to in 42.9% (n = 6) of the patients.

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