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Squamous cell carcinoma is the most common type of cancer of the tongue. A squamous cell carcinoma tumor is usually located on the side, or lateral border, of the tongue.
A Squamous Cell Carcinoma tumor is usually somewhat ulcerated and often grayish-pink or red in color. These tumors will often bleed easily if bitten or touched.
Who is at Risk?
While smoking and drinking are known to contribute to the formation of squamous cell carcinoma, some people will develop this form of cancer without any known additional risk factors.
What are the Treatment Options?
Most very small cancers of the tongue can be quickly and successfully treated through surgical removal, leaving little to no cosmetic or functional changes. With this in mind, early detection and diagnosis is very important.
What are the Reasons for Misdiagnosis?
Mistakes in diagnosing oral cancers can be made by doctors, dentists, and dental hygienists.
Some reasons for delayed diagnosis can include:
- Misdiagnosis of tumors as ulcers or sores
- Failure to follow-up on unhealed lesions
- Failing to refer patients to a surgeon
- Failure to biopsy a suspicious lesion
- Mistakes identifying cancerous tissue
As with all forms of cancer, early detection and an appropriate treatment regimen are vital to a patient’s long-term prognosis and their ultimate survival rate.