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November 1973

Treatment of Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Skin

Author Affiliations

Little Rock, Ark

From the Division of Dermatology, University of Arkansas Medical Center, and the Veterans Administration Hospital, Little Rock, Ark.

Arch Dermatol. 1973;108(5):670-672. doi:10.1001/archderm.1973.01620260020006

From 1964 to 1968, 417 squamous cell carcinomas of the skin and lower lip were treated, 347 have been followed up a minimum of four years. Two hundred eighty-one were treated by electrodesiccation and curettage (ED&C) with only three recurrences. Eighteen, treated with x-ray, yielded cures in all. Of 48 of the lower lip, 16 were treated by wedge resection, 29 by ED &C, and three by x-ray. Five recurred, two after wedge resection and three after ED&C giving an initial cure rate of 89.6%. Five recurrent lesions were retreated by the same or a different modality and all were cured for a final cure rate of 100%. Fiftytwo lesions of Bowen disease were treated by ED&C with only one recurrence.

In selected squamous cell carcinomas of the skin the technique of biopsy, ED&C is excellent.