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August 1973

Pigmented Basal Cell Epithelioma

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Sydney, Australia

Arch Dermatol. 1973;108(2):277. doi:10.1001/archderm.1973.01620230069033

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To the Editor.—  The statement was made by Dr. C. De Fe (Arch Dermatol 105:447-448, 1972) that "One of the things that has come through in our oncology section study was that those people who have blue eyes do not have pigmented basal cell epitheliomas."We wish to report that this statement is not consistent with our own experience. In 2,000 consecutive patients with basal cell epitheliomas at The Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Institute of Dermatology, 37 had pigmented Basal Cell Epitheliomas. Of these 37 patients 14 were blue-eyed, 16 were brown-eyed, and 7 were of another eye color.

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