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November 1950

SKIN CANCER IN THE AMERICAN NEGRO

Author Affiliations

WASHINGTON, D. C

AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1950;62(5):622-623. doi:10.1001/archderm.1950.01530180011002
Abstract

FOR MANY years Howard Fox1 and others have repeatedly called attention to the fact that basal cell cutaneous cancers are excessively rare in both dark and light-skinned Negroes. It has also been emphasized that precancerous lesions of the senile and seborrheic wart type are most uncommon. On the other hand, squamous cell carcinomas of both the skin and the mucous membranes are frequently encountered.

The senior author (H. H. H.) has records of 14,100 consecutive cases of skin disease, exclusive of syphilis, observed in the dermatological, surgical and roentgenologic departments of Freedman's Hospital. In addition, the junior author (C. W. F.) has records of 5,000 consecutive patients with skin maladies, again exclusive of syphilis, observed in the same institution or in his private practice. Thus a total of 19,100 consecutive patients have been studied. The results are of some interest, especially because histological examination was performed in

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