Lower Lip Cancer

Malignant Tumor of Lower Lip

Lower Lip Cancer


Lower lip cancer is more common than upper lip cancer and the disease is usually slower than upper lip cancer. It is also the most frequent malignant neoplasm of the oral cavity. It usually occurs between 50-70 years of age and in males. Lesions are usually painless, non-healing, ulcerative areas. Under the jaws, the lymph nodes are usually the first bled lymph nodes of the tumor.

Risk factors for lower lip cancer: Tobacco use, pipe smoking, thermal injury, poor oral hygiene, contact with mechanical irritant, immunosuppression (immune system immunization), UV light (sun rays also show carcinogenic effects), diet deprived of antioxidant food.

In the photograph, the patient who has been present in the lower lip for one year and has a growing wound-shaped lesion, has a tumoral lesion on the lower lip (photo on the left) and the condition on the 14th postoperative day (photo on the right). The pathology result was squamous cell carcinoma (squamous cell carcinoma).

Treatments for lip cancers include resection of a 2 cm intact surgical margin and removal of lymph nodes with the possibility of tumor spread. Local excision of basal cell carcinoma, which is the other lip cancers, is sufficient, while surgery on the neck and under the chin is planned in squamous cell carcinoma (supra-omohyoid neck dissection).

Similar link >> Lower Lip Mucocele

Source Web Sites: Lip Cancer: Not Uncommon, Often OverlookedSurgical management of lip cancer - NCBI

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