Histopathologic excision margin affects local recurrence rate: analysis of 2681 patients with melanomas < or =2 mm thick.


OBJECTIVE Prospective trials have shown that 1-cm and 2-cm margins are safe for melanomas <1 mm thick and > or =1 mm thick, respectively. It is unknown whether narrower margins increase the risk of LR or mortality. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA To determine the relationship between histopathologic excision margin, local recurrence (LR) and survival for patients… (More)


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