Question of the Week

April 7, 2021

A 42-year old woman with a history of extensive tanning bed use presents for surgical excision of a well-differentiated, invasive squamous cell carcinoma measuring 1.8cm in clinical diameter, of the right sternum. It has never been treated before. She would like to have it surgically excised. What is the recommended surgical margin to use for this procedure?

  • 2-4 mm
  • 3-5 mm
  • 4-6 mm
  • 5-7 mm


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