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January 1973

Basal Cell Carcinoma

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Floral Park, NY

Arch Dermatol. 1973;107(1):138. doi:10.1001/archderm.1973.01620160098039

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To the Editor.—  In talking with colleagues from various parts of the country I have the impression that few are aware of how long one must observe a patient after removal of a basal cell carcinoma in order to be reasonably assured that the patient is "cured." Since this information is particularly relevant to the interpretation of results obtained by various methods of treatment, it seems pertinent to present some data on the subject.I studied 118 patients whom I had treated in private practice for basal cell carcinomas and whose lesions had subsequently recurred. The diagnosis of all of the tumors, both primary and recurrent, was verified by histologic examination.These patients had a total of 138 separate basal cell carcinomas. One of the patients had four different basal cell carcinomas, each of which had been treated and subsequently recurred. Three patients had 3 such lesions, 11 patients

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