Serum Zinc Levels in Patients with Basal‐Cell Carcinoma

ALVIN L. ADLER, BIJAN SAFAI, YING B. WANG, CELIA MENENDEZ‐BOTET, ROBERT A. GOOD

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Abstract

Basal‐cell carcinoma is a malignant epithelial neoplasm that arises from the germinative cells of the epidermis and its appendages. Various causative factors have been implicated in its pathogenesis. In recent years, it has become increasingly apparent that alterations in serum zinc concentration may relate to neoplastic diseases. The objective of this study was to determine whether or not a relationship exists between abnormal serum zinc levels and basal‐cell carcinomas. The data indicate that a statistically significant elevation in mean serum zinc levels is associated with this neoplasm. This may, however, not be of clinical significance because of variation in environmental or statistical sampling factors. 1981 American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Inc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)911-914
Number of pages4
JournalDermatologic Surgery
Volume7
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1981
Externally publishedYes

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