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Case Reports in Dermatological Medicine
Volume 2011, Article ID 818291, 3 pages
Case Report

Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Nipple: An Uncommon but Ever-Increasing Location

1Department of Dermatology, American Hospital, Güzelbahçe Sokak No. 20, Nişantaşı, 34365 Istanbul, Turkey
2Department of Pathology, Cerrahpasa Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul University, Fatih, 34098 Istanbul, Turkey

Received 11 November 2011; Accepted 25 December 2011

Academic Editors: J. T. Lear and R. Strohal

Copyright © 2011 Yasemin Oram et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common malignancy of the skin. It is most frequently seen on the sun-exposed areas of the head and neck region. Occurrence of BCC on the nipple is extremely rare, though the number of the reported cases has been increasing steadily. It has metastatic potential to regional lymph nodes; therefore a more aggressive course can be expected when compared to BCCs located at other sites. Hence, early diagnosis and treatment of BCCs located on this region is of importance. There are 39 reported cases of BCC of nipple-areola complex (NAC) in the English literature. We present an additional case of BCC located on the nipple, presenting with enlargement of the nipple as a sole clinical finding in a 60-year-old man.