What are the 5-year recurrence rates following treatment for basal cell carcinoma (BCC)?

Updated: Mar 23, 2021
  • Author: Robert S Bader, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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The following is a list of treatments and their 5-year recurrence rates for primary BCCs:

  • Surgical excision - 10.1%

  • Radiation therapy - 8.7%

  • Curettage and electrodesiccation - 7.7%

  • Cryotherapy - 7.5%

  • All non-Mohs modalities - 8.7%

  • Mohs micrographic surgery - 1.0%

These rates are probably affected by the fact that most clinicians use cryotherapy, curettage, and desiccation mostly on smaller and better-demarcated lesions.

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