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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 92-94

A 13-year histopathological review of skin cancers in the university of maiduguri teaching hospital, north-eastern Nigeria

1 Departments of Pathology University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Maiduguri, Nigeria
2 Departments of Surgery, University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Maiduguri, Nigeria

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U H Pindiga
Department of Histopathology, University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, PMB 1414, Maiduguri, Borno State
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Thi s was a retrospective histopathological study aimed at deter mining t he prevalence and histological pa ttern of skin cancer in Maiduguri North-Eastern Nigeria over a thirteen-year period. Sk in cancer formed 14of all cancers seen during the study period ( 1990-2002). There were more males than females at a ratio of 1 .5 :1 . The peak age incidence occurred in the fourth , fifth and sixth decades of life . The commonest site affected was the lower limbs (56 .2% ) followed by the trunk (13 .4%). The commonest histological type was squamous cell carcinoma ( 48.9% ) followed by melanoma ( 20.6"1,). K aposi's sarcoma aff ected patients more frequently in their 3'd decade of life. Other cancers also occurred but less .frequently.

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