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July 1962

Incidence of Nevi: Report of Survey of the Palms, Soles, and Genitalia of 10,000 Young Men

Author Affiliations


From the Armed Forces Examining Station, San Antonio, Texas.

Arch Dermatol. 1962;86(1):40-43. doi:10.1001/archderm.1962.01590070046006

Introduction  Review of the pertinent literature1-9 and standard textbooks of dermatology indicate that there are 2 views with regard to the treatment of pigmented nevi present on the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, and on the genitalia. Allen and Spitz,1-3 Pack and Davis,4,12,15,16,20,25-27 plus others5,10, 11,13,14,17,18 feel that pigmented nevi on these locations should be prophylactically removed to avoid their future development into malignant melanomas; while Van Scott, et al.21 believe that this is not practicable.Only a few studies19-21 on a limited number of subjects have been accomplished with regard to the incidence of pigmented nevi on the palms, soles, and genitalia. It was therefore felt worthwhile to determine the number of pigmented nevi on these areas in a large group of otherwise healthy individuals.

Methods and Materials  Ten thousand males, 17 to 25 years of age, examined for enlistment