Recurrence rates of nonmelanoma skin cancer after malignant destruction : a single center retrospective analysis of 984 tumors
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"Nonmelanoma skin cancer (NMSC) is the most common human malignancy with estimated treatment costs of $8.1 billion annually in the United States 1 . Malignant destruction (MD) is one very commonly used technique for treatment of these malignancies. In this study, we sought to assess differences in recurrence rates for NMSC treated with different malignant destruction techniques: electrodessication with curettage (EDC), cryotherapy with curettage (CC), curettage alone, and cryotherapy alone. ... This analysis demonstrates noninferiority of CC when compared to other methods of malignant destruction, but raises concern about the efficacy of malignant destruction as a treatment for facial NMSC. Recurrence rates after destruction in this study fall within the range previously reported 2,3 , thus indicating these data may be generalizable beyond our institution. Further, the analysis includes at least 20 different dermatologists; therefore, variations in technique from provider to provider are accounted for."--Introduction and Conclusion.