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Skin lesions in the elderly: precancer and cancer.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16047916     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Skin lesions, both precancers and cancers, are more common among the elderly White population, especially in exposed body parts such as head face, neck, and hands. Earliest diagnosis is the key to treatment and survival. Awareness of a new skin lesion or change in a preexisting lesion, with or without pigmentation, flat or nodular, ulcerated or bleeding mandates prompt consultation followed by biopsy. For the cancer, surgical excision and repair remains the treatment of choice. Precancerous superficial lesions may be treated (after biopsy) with cryosurgery, topical chemotherapy, chemosurgery, or in cases of leukoplakia, electrodessication. Radiation may be considered for recurrent or metastatic disease.
Ronald N Ollstein
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Care management journals : Journal of case management ; The journal of long term home health care     Volume:  5     ISSN:  1521-0987     ISO Abbreviation:  Care Manag J     Publication Date:  2004  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-07-28     Completed Date:  2005-09-01     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100888264     Medline TA:  Care Manag J     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  107-11     Citation Subset:  IM    
St. Vincent's Hospital, New York, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Cell Transformation, Neoplastic
Early Diagnosis
European Continental Ancestry Group
Precancerous Conditions / classification,  diagnosis*,  pathology
Risk Factors
Skin Neoplasms / classification,  diagnosis*,  therapy
United States / epidemiology

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