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Regular Departments
July 1973

Basal Cell Carcinoma

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Arch Dermatol. 1973;108(1):134-135. doi:10.1001/archderm.1973.01620220088031

To the Editor.—  In the January issue of the Archives, Dr. Ralph W. Grover1 discussed the length of the period for which patients treated for basal cell carcinoma should be followed up. On the basis of his own experience, Grover believes that a five-year follow-up period would indicate a 97.6% probability that the lesions have been cured. Unfortunately, the author does not outline his method of treatment.The problem is of considerable importance during the daily work in a dermatological clinic, but it is probably much more complicated than indicated by Dr. Grover.Presumably, many dermatologists are apt to ignore the fact that cicatrices from burns and, in particular, x-ray dermatitis are precancerous lesions in which neoplasms might develop even after a very long latent period. A skin cancer cannot be removed with x-rays without inducing x-ray dermatitis. In regard to cicatrices, some extremely interesting studies have been published and

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