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Image Number 203 (Basal cell carcinoma)


Diagnosis: Basal cell carcinoma

Site: Back

Sex: M

Age: 45

Type: Clinical

Description: Ulcerated superficial variant but biopsy required

Submitted by: Ian McColl

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Differential Diagnosis

History: Basal cell skin cancer is exceedingly common in white skins in hot sunny climates especially in countries such as Australia.The superficial basal cell skin cancer is the commonest skin cancer seen in white skin in Australia.It does not metastasise but may be multifocal with recurrences commonly occuring near treated areas.Often lesions are multiple as in this case with signs of excessive sun damage sustained over the years.This man has many scars from previous surgery.New treatments such as Imiquimod cream and Photodynamic therapy are now available to treat superficial basal cell skin cancer in a more cosmetically acceptible way.

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