Role of viruses in oral squamous cell carcinoma

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Rashmi Metgud (1), Madhusudan Astekar (2*), Meenal Verma (3), Ashish Sharma (4)

1 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Pacific Dental College and Hospital, Debari, Udaipur (Rajasthan), India.
2 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Pacific Dental College and Hospital, Debari, Udaipur (Rajasthan), India.
3 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Pacific Dental College and Hospital, Debari, Udaipur (Rajasthan), India.
4 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Pacific Dental College and Hospital, Debari, Udaipur (Rajasthan), India.
(*) Corresponding Author:
Madhusudan Astekar
madhu.tanu@gmail.com

Abstract

The etiology of oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) is complex and involves many factors. The most clearly defined risk factors are smoking and alcohol, which substantially increase the risk of oral SCC. However, despite this clear association, a substantial proportion of patients develop OSCC without exposure to them, emphasizing the role of other risk factors such as genetic susceptibility and oncogenic viruses. Some viruses are strongly associated with OSCC while the association of others is less frequent and may depend on co-factors for their carcinogenic effects. Therefore, the exact role of viruses must be evaluated with care in order to improve the diagnosis and treatment of OSCC.

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Metgud, R., Astekar, M., Verma, M., & Sharma, A. (2012). Role of viruses in oral squamous cell carcinoma. Oncology Reviews, 6(2), e21. https://doi.org/10.4081/oncol.2012.e21
Author Biographies

Rashmi Metgud, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Pacific Dental College and Hospital, Debari, Udaipur (Rajasthan)

Professor and Head

Madhusudan Astekar, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Pacific Dental College and Hospital, Debari, Udaipur (Rajasthan)

Professor

Meenal Verma, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Pacific Dental College and Hospital, Debari, Udaipur (Rajasthan)

Senior Lecturer

Ashish Sharma, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Pacific Dental College and Hospital, Debari, Udaipur (Rajasthan)

Post Graduate Student