Simply Put: Uncovering the facts about rare childhood tongue cancer

Tongue Cancer in Children on the Rise

Oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma (OCSCC) – most commonly found on the tongue – is rare among those under the age of 21, and little is understood about risk factors for that age group. To better understand the disease, researchers at the University of Michigan analyzed 3 clinical cases (patients ages 16, 18 and 20) and reviewed 108 cases in 64 studies published over the past 100 years.

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