A retrospective review by using the ICD-10 and histology codes for eyelid basal cell carcinoma (BCCs) (including the inner canthus) from the English National Cancer Data Repository were used to identify incident events between the period 2000 to 2010. There was a total of 33,610 recorded BCCs; 18,146 in females and 15,464 in males. There were regional variations in registrations and increase in incidence with age. The age standardised incidence for males was 4.51 per 100,000 and 4.53 per 100,000 for females. Females under 50 years of age had higher incidence rates and males over 75 years of age had higher rates noted. The authors conclude that a higher public awareness of non-melanoma skin cancer and increased surveillance, especially among younger women who are reported to pay closer attention to the skin care, and earlier medical attention could be an explanation for this group. This study provided the information for health education, improving reporting, registration events and service planning for the future. 

Incidence of eyelid basal cell carcinoma (BCCs) in England: 2000-2010.
Saleh GM, Desai P, Collin JR, et al.
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Jonathan Chan

Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, UK.

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