Rare presentations of basal cell carcinoma

Keyvan Nouri, Paolo Romanelli, Jennifer T. Trent, Roya Javid, Gloria Jimenez

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Background: Even though basal cell carcinomas (BCC) are the most common skin cancers in the world, they rarely appear in the African-American, Hispanic, and Asian populations. BCCs most commonly present on the head and neck of elderly, light-skinned individuals who have received an excessive amount of sun exposure. However, it has been hypothesized that the development of BCCs in unusual populations is a result of an alteration in tumor surveillance or an impairment in cellular immunity. Objective: We present two cases of BCC, one in an Asian woman and one in an African-American woman. Neither of these patients had any history of genodermatoses or were immunocompromised. Conclusion: BCCs can occur in Asian and African-American patients. Clinicians should include the diagnosis of BCC in their differential for these patients despite their rare presentations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)226-228
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Dermatology


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