Squamous cell carcinoma of the mandibular alveolar ridge
Relative to the incidence of all cancers, oral and oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinomas represent about 3% of the total. The treatment of intraoral squamous cell carcinoma is guided by the clinical stage of the disease and consists of wide surgical excision, radiation therapy, or a combination of sur-gery and radiation therapy. The prognosis for patients with oral squamous cell carcinoma depends on both histological subtype and clinical extent of the tumor. The overall 5-year survival rate for oral squamous cell carcinoma is around 45 to 50%. A 45-year-old male patient was referred to our clinic with a complaint of nonhealing and progressively enlarging ulcer on the right mandibular alveolar ridge. After the lesion had been diagnosed as squamous cell carcinoma with biopsy, it was treated with both surgery and radiation. There was no second primary lesion or a new, separate lesion in the five follow-up years.