Histological Types and Common Sites of Oral Cancer in Patients Presenting at Liaquat University Hospital Jamshoro/Hyderabad Sindh

1. Zaib un Nisa 2. Qadeer ul Hassan  3. Qamer un Nisa Memon 4. Ghulam Habib
5. Salman Shams

1. Asstt. Prof. of Periodontology, 2. Asstt. Prof. of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, 3. Asstt. Prof. of Orthodontics, 4. Lecturer of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, 5. Trainee, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences Jamshoro, Hyderabad Sindh


Objective: To determine the frequency of histological types and comman sites of oral cancer in patients presenting at Liaquat University Hospital Jamshoro/Hyderabad Sindh.

Study Design: Descriptive Study.

Place and Duration of Study: This study was conducted on patients presenting  atOral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department, Liaquat university hospital Jamshoro/ Hyderabad Sindh over a period of one year from January 2010 to December 2010.

Materials and Methods: Patients of all age group and gender with biopsy proven oral cancer along with its Histopathological types were included in the study. Patients reported irradiated,metastatic,benign and inflammatory lesions were excluded from the study.

Results: Total number of patients was 100. There were 53 Males and 47 Females. Age range was 3years to 85years. means age was 44.2 years. Most comman site was cheeck mucosa. Histopathological analysis showed 75% patients having well diffrentiated squamous cell carcinoma, 13% patients having moderately diffrenciated squamous cell carcinoma, 2% patients having  poorly diffrenciated anaplastic carcinoma,7% patients having basel cell carcinoma.1% Patients having Melanoma, 1% patients having Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma and 1% patients  having  Rhabdomyosarcoma.

Conclusion: This study gives a detailed account of the histopathological types of oral cancer along with their frequency and site. oral cancer occurred at a younger age with male prepondrance.      

Key Words: Oral Cancer,Comman Site,Histological Type.


Various pathalogical conditions  affecting  oral cavity ranged from  benign inflamatory lesions to malignant lesions. Benign lesions can be neoplastic or non neoplastic. Non neoplastic lesions are usually inflammatory or represent reaction to some kind of irritation. Neoplasm represent a process  characterized by progressive growth1.

Malignant lesions of oral cavity has been recognized as a huge threat to public health because of its high morbidity and mortality 2-5.These  lesions  has high prevalence  in  various parts of world as well as in  Pakistan 6-9.

 More then 90% of oral malignancies are squamous cell carcinoma or one of its variants 10. Early detection of pre-malignant and malignant oral lesions are important regarding prognosis 11-15. Epidemiological evidence shows a correlation between use of smokeless tobacco and these lesions 16-18.

Clinically benign oral lesions can occasionally resemble malignancies19. When clinical features are not diagnostic or the persistent lesions for long time and suspected malignant only then the biopsy is done20.

Oral Carcinogenesis is a highly complex multifocal process that takes place when squamous epithelium is affected by several genetic alterations. Now a days the use of several molecular biology techniques to diagnose oral precancerous lesions and cancers may markedly improve the detection of alterations that are invisible under the Microscope. This would Identify Patients at a high risk of developing oral cancer 21


This study was carried out on 100 patients at oral and Maxillofacial surgery department in collaboration with pathology department (Diagnostic research lab)  Liaquat University hospital Jamshoro /Hyderabad Sindh from January 2010 to December 2010. All histopathologically proven oral cancers included in the study. Those reported irradiated,metastatic ,benign and inflammatory lesions were excluded from the study. Tumor Sites included were as follow cheeck, buccal mucosa, tongue, gums and alveolus, palate, floor of mouth, lips and angle of mouth. Frequency and proportions were calculated for age, Sex, Site and histological type of oral cancer.



One hundred patients were confirmed as cases of oral cancer. The youngest patient was 3 years old male and oldest was 87 years old female. Mean age of oral cancer patients was 44.2 years. Maximum number of  patients (32%) were in 31-40 years of age group while very few patients were above 70 years of age(4%) table-1. out of one hundred patients of oral cancer 53% were males and 47% were females. Most common site of oral cancer was cheek (31%) followed by buccal mucosa (29%). Detailed distribution of site of oral cancer is given in table-2

Most common histological type was well differentiated squamous cell carcinoma accounting for (75%) cases, followed by the moderately differentiated squamous cell carcinoma (13%) cases. Detailed distribution of histological types of oral cancer is given in table-3.

Table No.1: Age Distribution

Age in years

No. of cases
































Table No.2: Distribution According To Site


No. of cases


Buccal mucosa












Gums &alveolus



Floor of mouth

        0 2





Angle of mouth






Table No.3: Histological types of oral cancer

Histological type

No.of cases 


Squamous cell carcinoma



a. well differentiated



b. moderately differentiated



c. poorly differentiated anaplastic carcinoma 



 Basal cell carcinoma






 Mucoepidermoid carcinoma










The most common age group affected by oral cancer as reported in the literature is 60-69 years 22 and 50-59 years23 . While in this study most of the cancer were present in a youngest age group of 31-40(32%) followed by 41-50 years of age group   (27%). The season could be the use of tobacco, pan, & betal nuts which is very common in our population. This is also supported by the study of Isaac U 24. The youngest patient reported in the literature is a six month old baby suffering from Kaposi sarcoma23 while in our study youngest patient was 3years old having Rhabdomyo-sarcoma.

Oral cancer in our study was more common in males (53%). Other previous studies also indicate high ratio in males.24-25

Tongue is the most common site involved by oral cancer in western world 26-28 . In this study cheek is common site  (31%) cases followed by buccal mucosa   (29%)  cases. This is also supported by other studies conducted in Pakistan 23,29,30 .   

The difference may be due to environmental factor in different parts of the world and can be attributed to betal nuts, smokeless tobacco chewing and peoples in this part of world put snuff (naswar) in their cheek is also common.

In this study most common histological types of oral cancer was well differentiated squamous cell carcinoma (75%) followed by moderately differentiated squamous cell carcinoma (13%). This is well supported by other 

Studies 22,24,31. Haq M,E.U, et al  reported that poorly differentiated squamous cell carcinoma is the most common histological type in his study 32 .It is concluded from other previous studies that higher the grading of  tumor and poorer its differentiation more are its chances of metastasis.


Oral cancer occor at a younger age with male preponderance. Most common site is cheek. Well differentiated oral squamous cell carcinoma is most common histological type of oral cancer in this part of world.


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This study indicates that Fathers Education, Household Income, Mothers Education and the Mothers knowledge about measles vaccination age are important factors affecting the vaccination status of children.

In this study sex of child did not influence vaccination status of children and was found insignificant by Chi-Square test of significance.


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