Most commonly, squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the oral cavity presents during the fifth and sixth decades of life. Less than 4% of these cancers occur in patients younger than 40 years of age. Only a small sample of this subgroup exists of pediatric patients (≤20 years), making oral SCC in children an extremely rare entity. An 11-year-old boy is presented who developed a SCC of the gingiva. The relevant literature of oral SCC in pediatric patients will be reviewed as well.

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International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Stolk-Liefferink, S.A.H, Dumans, A.G, van der Meij, E.H, Knegt, P.P, & van der Wal, K.G.H. (2008). Oral squamous cell carcinoma in children; review of an unusual entity. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 72(1), 127–131. doi:10.1016/j.ijporl.2007.09.006