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June 2004

A Chance to Cut Is a Chance to Check All Peripheral Margins: ". . . A Far, Far Better Thing That I Do"*

Arch Dermatol. 2004;140(6):743-744. doi:10.1001/archderm.140.6.743

Nonmelanoma skin cancer (NMSC)1and melanoma2 are epidemic in the United States. One analysis of a large prepaid health insurance program indicated that the incidence of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) increased by 2.6 times in men and 3.1 times in women over a 20-year period from the 1960s to the 1980s.3 Another large study put the increase in SCC from 1980 to 1994 at 235% in men and 350% in women and the increase in basal cell skin cancer (BCC) at more than 80% in both sexes.4

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