Population-based annual incidence rates for histologically proved basal cell carcinoma were derived from the records linkage system of the Rochester Epidemiology Program Project. Residents of Rochester, Minnesota, during the years 1976 to 1984, formed the observational cohort. A total of 657 first episodes of basal cell carcinoma were observed. Annual incidence rates per 100,000 persons in the Rochester population, standardized to the 1980 U.S. white population, were 175 for men, 124 for women, and 146 combined. Recurrent or subsequent basal cell carcinoma was observed among 30% of patients during an average of 4.5 years of follow-up; no metastatic lesions occurred. The rates of recurrence were similar after complete excision or treatment with curettage and cauterization in these observational data.
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