Version 2024

2024 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code C04

Malignant neoplasm of floor of mouth

ICD-10-CM Code:
ICD-10 Code for:
Malignant neoplasm of floor of mouth
Is Billable?
Not Valid for Submission
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Code Classification

  • Neoplasms
    • Malignant neoplasms of lip, oral cavity and pharynx
      • Malignant neoplasm of floor of mouth

C04 is a non-specific and non-billable diagnosis code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of malignant neoplasm of floor of mouth. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2024 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. Category or Header define the heading of a category of codes that may be further subdivided by the use of 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th characters.

Specific Coding Applicable to Malignant neoplasm of floor of mouth

Non-specific codes like C04 require more digits to indicate the appropriate level of specificity. Consider using any of the following ICD-10-CM codes with a higher level of specificity when coding for malignant neoplasm of floor of mouth:

  • Use C04.0 for Malignant neoplasm of anterior floor of mouth - BILLABLE CODE

  • Use C04.1 for Malignant neoplasm of lateral floor of mouth - BILLABLE CODE

  • Use C04.8 for Malignant neoplasm of overlapping sites of floor of mouth - BILLABLE CODE

  • Use C04.9 for Malignant neoplasm of floor of mouth, unspecified - BILLABLE CODE

Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries

The following annotation back-references are applicable to this diagnosis code. The Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries is a list of ICD-10-CM codes, organized "head to toe" into chapters and sections with coding notes and guidance for inclusions, exclusions, descriptions and more.

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  • code to identify:
  • alcohol abuse and dependence F10
  • history of tobacco dependence Z87.891
  • tobacco dependence F17
  • tobacco use Z72.0

Patient Education

Oral Cancer

What is oral cancer?

Oral cancer is cancer of the mouth. It is a type of head and neck cancer. Most oral cancers are squamous cell cancers. They begin in the flat cells that cover the surfaces of your mouth, tongue, and lips. The cancer cells may spread into deeper tissue as the cancer grows.

Most oral cancers are related to tobacco use, heavy alcohol use, or an HPV infection.

Who is more likely to develop oral cancer?

Anyone can get oral cancer, but you are more likely to develop it if you:

  • Use tobacco or drink lots of alcohol. Your risk of developing oral cancer is even higher if you do both.
  • Are male.
  • Are over ago 40.
  • Have HPV.
  • Have a history of head or neck cancer.
  • Get frequent sun exposure (for lip cancer).

What are the symptoms of oral cancer?

The symptoms of oral cancer may include:

  • A white or red patch in your mouth
  • A lip or mouth sore that won't heal
  • Bleeding, pain, or numbness in the lip or mouth
  • Loose teeth or dentures that no longer fit well
  • Problems or pain with swallowing
  • A lump in your neck
  • Ear pain
  • Trouble moving your mouth or jaw
  • Swelling of the jaw
  • A sore throat or feeling that something is caught in the throat

If you have any of these symptoms for more than two weeks, see your health care provider or dentist. Oral cancer can spread quickly, so it's important to find it early.

How is oral cancer diagnosed?

To find out if you have oral cancer, your provider may use:

  • A physical exam of the lips and mouth.
  • An endoscopy.
  • A biopsy or other procedure to collect cells from the lip or oral cavity. The cells are viewed under a microscope to find out if they are abnormal.
  • Imaging tests.

What are the treatments for oral cancer?

The treatments for oral cancer include surgery, radiation therapy, or both. After surgery, some people also need chemotherapy to kill any cancer cells that are left.

Can oral cancer be prevented?

There are steps you can take to help prevent oral cancer:

  • Not smoking
  • Limiting alcohol use or not drinking at all
  • Getting regular dental exams

NIH: National Cancer Institute

[Learn More in MedlinePlus]

Code History

  • FY 2024 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2023 through 9/30/2024
  • FY 2023 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2022 through 9/30/2023
  • FY 2022 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2021 through 9/30/2022
  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016. This was the first year ICD-10-CM was implemented into the HIPAA code set.