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Much of the recent discussion concerning the increase of cancer is confined to statistics relative to cancer of the uterus, breast and stomach. It is pertinent, therefore, to call attention to a form of carcinoma of the epithelioid type (epithelioma) which is quite as fatal as any other.
Of the epithelioid type, carcinoma of the tongue is much more frequent than is commonly supposed. Andrew of Glasgow presents some very surprising statistics relative to epithelioma of the tongue. Of 118 cases comprising various diseases of this organ, such as abscess, hematoma, glossitis, leucoplakia, papilloma, and tuberculous ulcer, 98 were cancer of the epithelioid variety. Of the 98 patients, 88 were males and 10 were females. These figures are similar to those obtained for cancer of the lip. Andrew found that in 469 cases of epithelioma the order of frequency was: tongue, lower lip, esophagus, penis, cheek, larynx and tonsil. In
CARCINOMA OF THE TONGUE. JAMA. 1910;LIV(16):1313–1314. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550420037005