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Basal cell carcinoma: a diagnostic opportunity for the dental surgeon.

Authors
  • O'Neill, P
  • Field, E A
  • Mendelsohn, S
Type
Published Article
Journal
Dental update
Publication Date
Dec 01, 1993
Volume
20
Issue
10
Pages
442–445
Identifiers
PMID: 8056095
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer and usually occurs in the head and neck region. Most basal cell carcinomas grow slowly and behave in a relatively benign, nonaggressive fashion, but a proportion of them grow rapidly and infiltrate the structures beneath the skin. The dental surgeon may well come across this tumour and is in an ideal situation to recognize it. The aim of this article is to describe the clinical features of this common skin tumour and to provide a differential diagnosis. Early recognition of a basal cell carcinoma by the dental practitioner means that the patient can be referred for a specialist opinion and the tumour treated while it is still small.

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