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J Laryngol Otol. 1986 Nov;100(11):1295-8.

Malignant tumours of the tongue in young adults. Experience of a secondary referral centre.


Twenty-three cases of malignant tongue tumours in patients aged 15 to 30 are reported. Treatment and prognosis in the 18 for which follow-up information is available are discussed. The disease appears to be very similar to that in older subjects except for a greater incidence of neck node metastases. Close follow-up after primary treatment is essential since there is a high possibility of recurrent disease but which may respond well to salvage surgery if identified early. A greater awareness of the occurrence of tongue cancer in young adults is also necessary.

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