Basal cell carcinoma of the scalp resulting in spine metastasis in a black patient

J Am Acad Dermatol. 1994 Nov;31(5 Pt 2):916-20. doi: 10.1016/s0190-9622(94)70259-4.


Basal cell carcinoma (BCC), the most common skin cancer in the United States, is locally invasive but has a low risk of metastasis. BCC is rare in black patients but, regardless of racial origin, most BCC occurs on sun-exposed areas. We describe a 67-year-old black man with a large BCC on the hairy scalp, a relatively sun-protected area, that metastasized to the spine. To our knowledge, this is the first description of a black patient with development of metastatic BCC on an otherwise normal scalp.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Black People
  • Carcinoma, Basal Cell / diagnosis
  • Carcinoma, Basal Cell / ethnology
  • Carcinoma, Basal Cell / secondary*
  • Carcinoma, Basal Cell / therapy
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Scalp*
  • Skin Neoplasms / ethnology
  • Skin Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Skin Neoplasms / therapy
  • Spinal Cord Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Spinal Cord Neoplasms / ethnology
  • Spinal Cord Neoplasms / secondary*
  • Spinal Cord Neoplasms / therapy