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RESULTS

A total of 54 cancer cases (7.6% of head and neck cancers) were reported, of which carcinomas, sarcomas and lymphomas constituted 81.5%, 16.7% and 1.8% of the cases respectively. Childhood cancers constituted 5.7% of the oral cancers in the series.

Site Distribution

The intra-oral site commonly affected were the tongue (33.3%), palate (27.8%) and the lip (16.7%).

Table 1. Site Distribution of Oral Cancers

 

Cancers

ICD-O

Codes

Sites

TOTAL

(%)

Tongue

Palate

Lip

Unspecified Mouth

Gingiva

FOM

Buccal Mucosa

Alve-olus

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

M-8070/3

16

6

8

3

2

3

0

0

37 (70.4)

Adenoidcystic Carcinoma

M-8200/3

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

3 (5.5)

Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma

M-8430/3

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

1 (1.9)

Undifferentiated Carcinoma

M-8020

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1 (1.9)

Malignant Melanoma

M-8720

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1 (1.9)

Rhabdomyo-sarcoma NOS

M-8900/3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1 (1.9)

Alveolar Rhabdomyo-sarcoma

M-8920/3

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

2 (3.7)

Pleomorphic Rhabdomyo-sarcoma

M-8901/3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1 (1.9)

Embryonal

Rhabdomyo-sarcoma

M-8910/3

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

2 (3.7)

Kaposi sarcoma

M-9140/3

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

3 (5.5)

Non-hodgkin?s Lymphoma

M-9591/3

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

1 (1.9)

TOTAL

(%)

 

18

(33.3)

15

(27.8)

9

(16.7)

5

(9.2)

3

(5.5)

3

(5.5)

1

(1.9)

0

(0)

54

Squamous cell carcinoma (n=37) was most commonly reported in the tongue 16 (43.2%), lip 8 (21.6%) and palate 5 (13.5%), while sarcomas were commonly reported in the palate (Table 1).