Case studies

To learn more about diagnosing and referring oral cancer, read these case studies of real Victorian patients.

Fred’s story

Fred, a 48 year old Victorian farm labourer, went to his GP complaining of a painful tongue. He was a heavy smoker and drinker. Medication did not help. When Fred was hospitalised for jaundice, he complained again about his sore tongue but no investigation was made…

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Sophie’s story

Sophie, a 72 year old lady, was diagnosed with oral lichen planus in her forties. Her condition was reviewed annually over the following 22 years, with no concerns. Five years ago, the appearance of her tongue changed…

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Last updated: April 2023