Recurrence rate of positive margin basal cell carcinoma: results of a five-year prospective study

J Surg Oncol. 1985 Jan;28(1):72-4. doi: 10.1002/jso.2930280117.


The few previous studies on recurrence of incompletely excised basal cell carcinoma are retrospective, and the reported recurrence rate ranges from 19% to 67%. In a prospective study design, wer found a recurrence rate of 41% and 34 surgically excised positive-margin basal cell carcinomas. The mean time until tumor recurrence was 24.6 months. The mean follow-up time in those patients remaining free of tumor was 61.4 months.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Carcinoma, Basal Cell / surgery*
  • Female
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Time Factors