Demographic Profile of Keratinocyte Tumours

  • Muhammad Usman Shams Department of Pathology, Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital, Lahore
Keywords: Keratinocytic tumours, Squamous cell, Basal cell carcinoma


Background: Keratinocytic tumours of epidermis constitute the bulk of neoplastic lesions of the skin, and comprise benign, borderline and malignant lesions. Objective: To study the characteristics of keratinocytic tumours in our hospital population and compare the collected local data with the available international data. Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional, descriptive study was conducted in University of Health Science and Mayo Hospital, Lahore from March 2010 to October 2010. A total of 112 consecutive cases of histologically diagnosed keratinocytic tumours were included in the study. Age, gender, histologic types and site distribution of these tumours were recorded and analyzed. Results: Among keratinocytic tumours, basal and squamous cell carcinomas were the most frequent malignant lesions and viral warts were the commonest benign lesion. Males were affected more commonly than females. Patients were in the age range of 13-85 years. Head and neck region was the most frequent site of involvement. Conclusion: The results of the study are comparable with international data regarding age, gender and site distribution of keratinocytic tumours.

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