Clinical Appearance

Carcinoma of the mouth presents in one of four forms (Figures 2, 3, 4):

  1. White lesion (leukoplakia)
  2. Red lesion (erythroplakia)
  3. Red and white lesion (erythroleukoplakia)
  4. Non-healing ulcer
Figure 2. A small SCC of the ventral tongue presenting as a non-healing ulcer.
small SCC of the ventral tongue

Figure 3. An SCC of the ventral tongue presenting as a red and white lesion.

SCC of the ventral tongue
Figure 4. This large red mass from the floor of mouth was proven to be an SCC by biopsy.
large red mass from the floor of mouth