Saturday, December 14, 2013

Answer to Medical Challenge



OK, the answer to yesterday's Image Challenge was #3, Squamous cell carcinoma.

Ninety percent of all mouth cancers are squamous cell cancer.  Factors that increase your risk of mouth cancer are:
  • tobacco use of any type (including smoking, chewing, cigars and pipes)
  • heavy alcohol use
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)  (think of Michael Douglas)
Usually surgery is needed to treat squamous cell carcinoma in the oropharynx, along with radiation therapy to eradicate all of the cells.

1 comment:

barefootmeds said...

Yay! Thought so.
We once had a patient with oropharyngeal SCC that was completely out of control. He hadn't visited a doctor about it until it infiltrated his jaw and he could no longer open his mouth to eat or talk. It was awful.