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Indian J Cancer. 2008 Jul-Sep;45(3):93-6.

Changing trends in oral cancer.

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Department of Oral Pathology, Government Dental College, Calicut, India. drsherinclt@yahoo.co.in

Abstract

CONTEXT:

No study highlighting the incidence of oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) in young adults has been reported from North Kerala until now.

AIMS:

To study the cases of OSCC reported at our institution, with emphasis on the clinicopathologic variables in young adults.

SETTINGS AND DESIGN:

This was a retrospective study of OSCC cases reported from 2002 to 2007.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Data of oral cancer cases reported between 2002 and 2007 were retrieved from the records. The cases in patients below 40 years of age formed a separate study group. The data obtained was tabulated and comparisons drawn on the observed variables between the two groups.

RESULTS:

Results showed a high incidence of OSCC among young adults. The demographic and anatomic location of these cases showed significant variations from cases of oral cancer in older patients. In addition, a significant number of these cases failed to show any relation with the commonly implicated etiologic agents of oral cancer.

CONCLUSION:

The findings of our study indicate a high incidence of oral cancer among young adults in our region. The tongue is the most common site in these cases with a significant number showing no possible etiological factors.

PMID:
19018111
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