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June 1946

EARLY DIAGNOSIS OF CANCER OF THE SKIN

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1946;53(6):570-572. doi:10.1001/archderm.1946.01510350010002
Abstract

AT THE beginning, cancer of the skin proper must be distinguished from cancer of the mucocutaneous junctions. The dermatologist is often called on to diagnose cancer of the lips, tongue, floor of the mouth and buccal mucosa, cancer of the mammary gland and cancer of the genitals and rectum. He must be familiar with these cancers, and in their diagnosis his opinion is often given much weight; but the time tonight will be devoted to a discussion of cancer of the skin proper, and I will speak for only a few moments on its recognition and diagnosis. It is commonly known that skin of certain types is predisposed to the growth of cancer. There is probably no fact regarding the cause of cancer better established than that habitual exposure to sunlight of a fair sensitive skin and maturity are factors that together favor the development of cutaneous cancer. One

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