The scope of the subject of cutaneous malignancy is broad indeed; it includes many considerations in addition to the morphology of cutaneous tumors. It encompasses not only the practical aspects of diagnosis but also all the investigations by research, the methods of prevention, and all the proved or proposed methods of treatment of malignant tumors of the skin.
It is difficult to discuss the scope of the cancer problem in relation to skin cancer, for the problem of cancer is specific for each branch of medicine. For example, skin cancer has aspects which are unique to dermatology, for we have a decided advantage in being able to study precancerous lesions and very early cancers and may thus conjecture about their histogenesis. Nonetheless, dermatologists should keep abreast with what is being done in the study of all types of cancer, for they all have some characteristics in common.
Michelson HE. The Scope of Cutaneous Malignancy. AMA Arch Derm. 1959;79(6):627–630. doi:10.1001/archderm.1959.01560180001001
Coronavirus Resource Center
Customize your JAMA Network experience by selecting one or more topics from the list below.
Create a personal account or sign in to: