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Type: Journal article
Title: Evaluation of the treatment of non-melanoma skin cancers by surgical excision
Author: Pua, V.
Huilgol, S.
Hill, D.
Citation: Australasian Journal of Dermatology, 2009; 50(3):171-175
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Asia
Issue Date: 2009
ISSN: 0004-8380
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Vernon SC Pua, Shyamala Huilgol and Dudley Hill
Abstract: A retrospective study of all non-melanoma skin cancers excised by two dermatologists at a private practice in 2004 (excluding Mohs microscopic surgery cases) was conducted. Two hundred and forty-one patients were treated, with a total of 453 tumours excised. The overall incomplete excision rate was 2.2% (10/453). For basal cell cancers, the incomplete excision rate was 1.54% (5/324) and for squamous cell cancers including Bowen's disease the incomplete excision rate was 3.9% (5/129). The majority of repairs were primary closures (82.6%). Although a significant proportion of the tumours were from the head and neck region (45.9%), this study demonstrated that careful patient selection, experience of the surgeon and adherence to recommended excision margins can achieve a favourable incomplete excision rate.
Keywords: basal cell carcinoma; Bowen's disease; flaps; incomplete excision rate; Mohs micrographic surgery; primary repair; squamous cell carcinoma; surgical margin
Rights: © 2009 The Authors; Journal compilation © 2010 The Australasian College of Dermatologists
RMID: 0030001161
DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-0960.2009.00531.x
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