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Title: Metastases from squamous cell carcinoma of the skin in southern Australia.
Austin Authors: Czarnecki, D;Staples, M;Mar, A;Giles, Graham G;Meehan, C
Affiliation: Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: 16-May-1994
Publication information: Dermatology (basel, Switzerland); 189(1): 52-4
Abstract: The frequency with which squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the skin metastasizes is a matter of dispute. Studies from private practices have reported much lower rates than hospital-based surveys, and one school of thought is that SCCs which arise in sun-damaged skin have a low risk of metastasis.A prospective study of out-patients with histologically confirmed SCC was undertaken in southern Australia, a region with a very high incidence of skin cancer.Between November 1988 and November 1989, 481 patients were entered into the study and 420 followed for at least 3 years. An SCC was the initial diagnosis for 73 patients, 3 were immunosuppressed and 2 had an SCC of the lip, leaving 68 immunocompetent patients with SCC of the skin. Metastatic SCC developed in 2 patients (5.8% adjusted for losses) within 3 years. The SCCs were small and arose in sun-damaged skin.Patients with SCC of the skin need a careful follow-up because of the risk of metastasis.
Gov't Doc #: 8003787
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Adult
Aged, 80 and over
Carcinoma, Squamous Cell.epidemiology
Lip Neoplasms.epidemiology
Middle Aged
Neoplasm Metastasis
Prospective Studies
Skin Neoplasms.epidemiology
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