[Carcinoma of the lips]

Rev Stomatol Chir Maxillofac. 2009 Nov;110(5):278-83. doi: 10.1016/j.stomax.2009.03.001. Epub 2009 Apr 9.
[Article in French]


Epidermoid carcinoma, that is, squamous cell carcinoma of the skin, is the most common malignant tumor of the lips. It occurs especially in men. Its primary causes are sun exposure, smoking, and chronic irritation. Leukoplakia is the most frequent precancerous lesion. Epidermoid carcinoma may appear clinically as a scaly erosion or an ulceration. Standard treatment is surgical excision with reconstruction.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Carcinoma, Basal Cell / etiology
  • Carcinoma, Basal Cell / pathology
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / epidemiology
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / etiology
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / pathology
  • Humans
  • Leukoplakia, Oral / pathology
  • Lip Neoplasms* / epidemiology
  • Lip Neoplasms* / etiology
  • Lip Neoplasms* / pathology
  • Smoking / adverse effects
  • Sunlight / adverse effects