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October 1966

EYE COLOR AND BASEL-CELL EPITHELIOMAS

Author Affiliations

New York University Medical Center

Arch Dermatol. 1966;94(4):528. doi:10.1001/archderm.1966.01600280146028

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Abstract

To the Editor.—  In reference to the paper we published in the Archives of Dermatology (91: 38, 1965) entitled "Basal Cell Epithelioma: A Controlled Study of Associated Factors," Prof Werner Jadassohn informs us that we have incorrectly interpreted the data presented in Tables 13 and 14 (which have been translated here) of the article published by his collaborator, Dr. W. Fischer (Dermatologica126:188, 1963).From these two tables Dr. Fischer concluded that 62.7% of the patients in his series with skin cancers or precancers had "light" eyes, whereas only 16% of the control patients had "light" eyes.In our paper we attempted to summarize the literature on the subject of eye color in relation to skin cancer (Table 6). In the table "light" eyes were considered to include shades of blue, green, and gray. Thus, "light" eyes included all depths of color of blue, green, and gray, and no

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