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October 1976

Multiple Sequential Skin Cancers: The Risk of Skin Cancer in Patients With Previous Skin Cancer

Author Affiliations

Brooklyn, NY

Arch Dermatol. 1976;112(10):1470. doi:10.1001/archderm.1976.01630340082032

To the Editor.—  We read with great interest the article by Bergstresser and Halprin in the Archives (111:995-996, 1975) and agree wholeheartedly with their conclusion concerning the importance of follow-up visits of patients treated for skin cancer. We would like to call your readers' attention to an article we recently published in the New York State Journal of Medicine.1 We have reported on 628 patients with basal cell carcinomas. A total of 124 had at least two and some more tumors, representing a total of 21.8% of all patients studied, a figure very similar to the one reported by Bergstresser and Halprin (22%). We would like to call your attention to a very important factor that has not been stressed by these authors when they stated that "patients who are most likely to develop skin cancer are those with previous history of skin cancer." We found in our study