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Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Nipple-Areolar Complex

  • Kimberly A. Chun
  • Philip R. Cohen
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Abstract

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) of the areola and nipple has been described in 35 men (median onset age, 61 years) and 20 women (median onset age, 66 years). The tumor occurred more frequently on the left side (54.9%) than the right side (45.1%). BCC of the nipple-areolar complex (NAC) is commonly presented as scaly or with ulcerated plaques and nodules. The pathologic type of BCC was most commonly nodular (42.9%) or superficial (30.9%). Although BCC of the NAC are frequently associated with a nonaggressive histologic subtype, they have been considered to behave more aggressively than BCCs at other anatomical sites. Complete excision of the BCC is the treatment of choice. Successful treatment of the primary tumor is rarely followed by cancer recurrence.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of DermatologyUniversity of California San DiegoSan DiegoUSA
  2. 2.San DiegoUSA

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