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Oncology for Palliative Medicine$
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Peter Hoskin and Wendy Makin

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780192628114

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192628114.001.0001

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Skin tumours

Skin tumours

(p.235) Chapter 17 Skin tumours
Oncology for Palliative Medicine

Peter Hoskin

Wendy Makin

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses skin and soft tissue tumours. Three known skin tumours are the basal cell carcinoma, the squamous cell carcinoma, and the melanoma. Basal cell carcinoma or rodent ulcer predominantly affects the elderly and is rarely a clinical problem except in a few neglected cases and in cases where there is an extensive invasion of the local soft tissues and bones. Squamous carcinoma emerges in middle-aged and elderly patients. Compared to basal cell carcinoma, squamous carcinoma spreads in the local and regional nodes and may develop blood-borne metastases. Melanoma, the most potent of the three skin tumours affects any age, although it is rare in children. It is associated with excessive sun exposure. This disease has rapid blood-borne metastases and can cause rapid death.

Keywords:   skin tumours, soft tissue tumours, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma

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