The unprotected balding scalp
Most men who go bald do so slowly. During that early phase of hair loss they do not appreciate how much cumulative UV damage occurs to the scalp.
By the time they start wearing a hat, a lot of skin mutations have occurred and skin cancer slowly evolves, made worse if their subsequent hat use is sporadic.
This man had a poorly differentiated SCC excised and grafted but shortly afterwards a series of pink nodules arose spreading along local lymphatics. Histology confirmed poorly differentiated squamous cell carcinoma with perineural spread. His cervical glands were not clinically enlarged.
It is important to use wide brimmed hats early in life.
For histology see www.skinconsult.com.au
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