Skin malignancies are the most common cancers in humans, the majority of which are non-melanoma skin cancers. These have a relatively low morbidity and propensity to metastasize and are generally considered to have little impact on quality of life.
1Complete surgical excision can often be achieved without leaving an extensive cosmetic or functional defect and is generally performed in a high-turnover, day case setting. Consequently patients with basal and early squamous cell carcinomas are rarely offered formal support or counselling.
- Shah M.
- Coates M.
An assessment of the quality of life in older patients with skin disease.
Br J Dermatol. 2006; 154: 150-153
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Published online: March 23, 2012
Received: November 25, 2011
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