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We report the case of an 11-year-old girl with squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue. This is a very rare disease in children with only a few cases reported in the literature. There is a great need to create awareness of the harmful and potentially lethal effects of chewing paan and betel nut not only in adults but also in children. Pediatricians and family physicians should also be aware of the possibility of this disease entity occurring at an earlier age so as to decrease delay in diagnosis and initiation of treatment.

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