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April 1969

Intraoral Carcinoma: Treated by Composite Resection

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology and Maxillofacial Surgery, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1969;89(4):646-651. doi:10.1001/archotol.1969.00770020648017

CANCER of the mouth is comparatively uncommon. Within the United States estimates indicate such growths comprise only 3% to 5% of all human cancers. The statistics on the relative anatomic distribution of these mouth lesions obtained from 2,234 cases recorded in the New York Memorial Hospital Cancer Registry from 1949 through 1956 indicate that the primary lesion is located on the buccal muscosa in 10% of the cases, the gum in 13%, the floor of the mouth in 16%, and the tongue in 39%.1 The remaining 22% are divided between the lips and palate; sites not included in this discussion. Although cancer of the mouth may occur at any age and in either sex they are most commonly seen in persons who are between 50 and 60 years old. The incidence in males is approximately nine times that seen in females. The first symptom usually noted is a painful

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