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January 1968

Malignant Melanoma of the Mouth

Author Affiliations

São Paulo, Brazil
From the Head and Neck Service of the Hospital A.C. Camargo, São Paulo, Brazil.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1968;87(1):68-71. doi:10.1001/archotol.1968.00760060070013

PRIMARY malignant melanoma of the oral cavity occurs rarely.

General Incidence.—In this study, malignant melanoma of the oral cavity represented 1.7% of all the cases of melanoma recorded in the Head and Neck Service of the Associação Paulista de Combate ao Cancer. From 1953 to 1965 seven cases were studied. The commonest site was the palate (four cases). The specific anatomical incidence of melanoma in the oral cavity is shown in Table 1.

Age, Sex, and Race.—Primary malignant melanoma of the mouth occurs chiefly in the more advanced decades of life.1,2 The incidence before 30 years of age is low. The youngest patient was 36 years old, and the oldest one was 66. Table 2 demonstrates the incidence according to age, sex, and race.

There is no significant difference between sexes

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