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January 2, 1954


JAMA. 1954;154(1):9-12. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940350011003

Cutaneous cancer accounts for from 40 to 60% of all types of malignant lesions seen by the family physician. Carcinoma of the eyelid occurs in the older age group primarily; three-quarters of the patients are past 50 years of age. Men are slightly more susceptible to carcinoma of the eyelid than women; this is particularly true of the clinic groups. Of the facial epitheliomas, approximately 10 to 15% occurred about the eyelids,1 although extremes of 2.73 to 55% were noted in various reported studies. According to Hasley,2 15% of all tumors of the lid are malignant. In all recorded series,3 the greatest number of eyelid lesions were found on the inner canthus (table 1). The lower lid was also a common site for the development of lesions, particularly on its medial portion in the area toward the inner canthus. Four-fifths of all lower lid lesions were found

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