Basal cell carcinoma in previously irradiated areas

Basal cell carcinoma in previously irradiated areas Basal cell carcinomas are common skin cancers. Chronic sun exposure is considered to be the main etiologic factor for their development, but it does not explain all observed lesions. Acute, short and chronic exposure to low dose of radiation therapy has been reported as a possible causative factor. A series of 32 patients with 48 basal cell carcinomas is presented; these tumours developed in previously irradiated areas of the body. All were treated by surgery alone. Clinical presentation was classical—a slowly-growing chronic ulceration. None of the patients were chronically exposed to chemical agents. In this series, only 12 patients were initially irradiated for benign disease. This underlines the necessity to have regular skin screening after external irradiation. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

Basal cell carcinoma in previously irradiated areas

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Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Copyright
Copyright © 2005 by Springer-Verlag
Subject
Medicine
ISSN
0930-343X
eISSN
1435-0130
D.O.I.
10.1007/s00238-004-0708-9
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Abstract

Basal cell carcinomas are common skin cancers. Chronic sun exposure is considered to be the main etiologic factor for their development, but it does not explain all observed lesions. Acute, short and chronic exposure to low dose of radiation therapy has been reported as a possible causative factor. A series of 32 patients with 48 basal cell carcinomas is presented; these tumours developed in previously irradiated areas of the body. All were treated by surgery alone. Clinical presentation was classical—a slowly-growing chronic ulceration. None of the patients were chronically exposed to chemical agents. In this series, only 12 patients were initially irradiated for benign disease. This underlines the necessity to have regular skin screening after external irradiation.

Journal

European Journal of Plastic SurgerySpringer Journals

Published: Mar 1, 2005

References

  • Radiation-induced skin cancer of the head and neck
    Martin, H; Strong, E; Spiro, R

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