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01.12.2011 | Case report | Ausgabe 1/2011 Open Access

Journal of Medical Case Reports 1/2011

Delayed diagnosis of oral squamous cell carcinoma: a case series

Journal of Medical Case Reports > Ausgabe 1/2011
Nihat Akbulut, Bengi Oztas, Sebnem Kursun, Sehrazat Evirgen
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The online version of this article (doi:10.​1186/​1752-1947-5-291) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Authors' contributions

SK wrote the article. BO contributed to writing the manuscript. NA researched and retrieved the references cited. SE was the language supervisor. All authors contributed to this article. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.



In malign neoplasms, oral cancer is one of the important causes of mortality and morbidity. Squamous cell carcinoma is the most common form of oral cancers in adults and is related to risk factors such as smoking and alcohol consumption.

Case presentation

In this article, we present three case reports of oral squamous cell carcinomas with delayed diagnosis. The first patient was a 52-year-old Turkish man, the second patient was a 61-year-old Turkish man and the third patient was a 60-year-old Turkish woman. All were referred to the Ankara University Faculty of Dentistry with pain, swelling and various complaints in their jaws.


Early diagnosis is of vital importance for the prognosis of the patients with oral squamous cell carcinomas. For this reason, dentists play a crucial role in the early detection and prevention of oral cancers.

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