Squamous cell carcinomas in children and young adults: a new wave of a very rare tumor?
Chung Wo Chowa, Sepher N Tabrizi, Karin Tiedemann, Keith Daniel Waters
JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC SURGERY | W B SAUNDERS CO-ELSEVIER INC | Published : 2007
BACKGROUND: Squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs) seem to have become more common recently. This study aims to check whether the increase is real and to review possible etiologic factors and problems in diagnosis. METHODS: Patients with SCC were identified from anatomical pathology files over 30 years. The number and primary sites seen in the first 15 years were compared with those in the second. Histories were reviewed for predisposing factors. Mucosal tumors were tested for human papillomavirus (HPV) and Epstein-Barr virus by polymerase chain reaction. RESULTS: One cutaneous SCC and 2 nasopharyngeal carcinomas (NPCs) were seen in the first period, and 2 cutaneous SCCs and 3 nasopharyngeal carcin..View full abstract