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N Engl J Med 2005;353:2262-9. Copyright © 2005 Massachusetts Medical Society. ccording to the american cancer society, skin cancer is the most common cancer, accounting for about half of all cancers in the United States. More than 1 million cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year. 1 Basal-cell carcinomas constitute(More)
Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS, OMIM 176670) is a rare disorder characterized by accelerated aging and early death, frequently from stroke or coronary artery disease. 90% of HGPS cases carry the LMNA G608G (GGC>GGT) mutation within exon 11 of LMNA, activating a splice donor site that results in production of a dominant negative form of lamin A(More)
BACKGROUND Perineural spread is a well-documented feature of cutaneous tumors and may portend a more aggressive course. The incidence of perineural invasion in basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is reportedly 1%. The authors sought to determine whether perineural spread occurs more commonly than previously thought. METHODS The authors prospectively evaluated 434(More)
BACKGROUND Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP) is an uncommon soft-tissue tumor of the skin; its microscopic extent of invasion beyond the grossly visible tumor is frequently difficult to appreciate. Although wide local excision has been the standard treatment of DFSP, recurrence rates range from 11% to 53%. Because Mohs micrographic surgery allows the(More)
Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome (HGPS) is a rare premature aging disorder caused by a de novo heterozygous point mutation G608G (GGC>GGT) within exon 11 of LMNA gene encoding A-type nuclear lamins. This mutation elicits an internal deletion of 50 amino acids in the carboxyl-terminus of prelamin A. The truncated protein, progerin, retains a farnesylated(More)
Free skin grafts for soft tissue reconstruction can be classified into four types: full-thickness skin grafts, split-thickness skin grafts, composite grafts, and free cartilage grafts. The indications, techniques, donor site considerations, and postoperative complications of each type of skin graft are reviewed.
Sunscreens are an important aspect of photoprotection. Their efficacy in reducing photocarcinogenesis and photoaging is widely documented. Although there are concerns regarding long-term sunscreen safety, the advantages of sunscreen use are far more compelling. In addition, novel technologies and ultraviolet filters are improving the aesthetics and efficacy(More)
Ultraviolet light exposure is the major risk factor for the development of squamous cell carcinoma in Caucasians. Mutations in the tumor suppressor gene p53 have been identified in both squamous cell carcinomas and basal cell carcinomas. The human homolog of the Drosophila patched gene, has been shown to be mutated in sporadic basal cell carcinomas;(More)