Basal cell carcinoma

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Basal cell carcinoma (BCC; epitheliomas)

Commonest cutaneous malignancy
Usually older age groups
Most common in areas of sun damage in fair skinned individuals who have difficulty tanning.
Rarely metastasise, but do tend to ulcerate underlying structures.
F>M – usually ages 30-50

Composed of basaloid cells

5 clinical types:
• noduloulcerative (slow growing with a smooth or rough surface; appear translucent)
• superficial (thin lesions; horizontal growth pattern; erythematous; slightly indurated; slow growing; usually on trunk
• cystic
• morphea like (infiltrative lesion; may resemble a scar)
• pigmented

Treatment:
Curettage/surgical excision, cryotherapy, radiotherapy

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