Oral cancer check

FOLLOWING on from a recent case of skin cancer detected in an area not always routinely examined comes another reminder to always look inside the mouth, using a good light and a tongue depressor.

Oral cancer is becoming a major problem, especially in smokers and those with poor dental hygiene. It is also an increasing concern in Aboriginal communities.

Oral cancer can present as white areas (leukoplakia) or as red areas (erythroplakia). Erythroplakia is more likely to be invasive squamous cell carcinoma than leukoplakia.

These areas need a punch biopsy and referral to an oral surgeon if SCC is confirmed.

See www.skinconsult.com.au for histology and other images.