Clinicopathological and surgical management of skin cancer: Experience from high altitude region of Ladakh
Author(s): Padma Deskit and Lobsang Dawa
Abstract: The Ladakhi population pay a heavy price for living in this beautiful place, as the high altitude sunlight with increased ultraviolet radiation predisposes them to various skin conditions including malignancy. Skin cancers are relatively uncommon malignancies, however recent studies have shown an increase in the number of skin cancer all over the world. We also noticed progressive increase in number of patient presenting with suspicious skin lesion in recent years. Like in rest of India we noticed all three form of skin cancer-basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma. Being a surface malignancy, it can be diagnosed even in peripheral set up like our and could be managed in our remote set up with potential cure. Our aim was to study the clinical and clinicopathological profile of the skin cancer patient from Ladakh.