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Advanced unspecified epithelioma of the face
Classification and external resources
Specialtyoncology, dermatology
ICD-O8011/0, 8011/3

Epithelioma is an abnormal growth of the epithelium, which is the layer of tissue that covers the surfaces of organs and other structures of the body.[1]


Epitheliomas can be benign growths or malignant carcinomas. They are classified according to the specific type of epithelial cells that are affected.[1]

The most common epitheliomas are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma (skin cancers).[1]


Treatment usually involves surgically removing the tumor and affected tissue. Also used is cryosurgery and radiotherapy.[2]


The prognosis varies dramatically, depending on the type and stage at the time of treatment. However, the most common epitheliomas are very easily treated and rarely result in death.[2] The condition did, however, take the life of Scottish golfer Willie Dunn, Sr. in 1878 at a time when the ailment was likely not fully understood.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c Encyclopædia Britannica. "Epithelioma". Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b Browder JP, Tomsick RS (1983). "Basal cell epithelioma. Types, treatment methods, and prognosis". Postgrad Med. 73 (2): 161–8. doi:10.1080/00325481.1983.11697763. PMID 6823454.
  3. ^ "Deaths in the district of Inveresk and Musselburgh in the County of Edinburgh". Statutory Deaths 689/00 0032. ScotlandsPeople. Retrieved 11 April 2015. (Subscription required (help)).

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