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.

Comments

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.

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