Poor skin cancer removal rife: study

Incomplete excisions, even by dermatologists, are more common than previously reported, researchers say

Rates of incomplete excision of non-melanoma skin cancer might be higher than previously believed, with GPs performing least well, a systematic review has found.

basal cell carcinoma

In the review and meta-analysis of 110 studies, including nine from Australia, UK researchers found that about one in 10 excisions were incomplete.

The review, covering nearly 54,000 patients, showed that among 107,000 BCCs histology margins were not clear of cancerous cells in 11% of excisions and this was also the case for 9.4% of 21