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Epithelioma is an abnormal growth of the epithelium, which is the layer of tissue that covers the surfaces of organs and other structures of the body.[1]

Man with extensive epithelioma at the corner of the mouth Wellcome L0062414.jpg
Advanced unspecified epithelioma of the face



Epitheliomas can be benign growths or malignant carcinomas. They are classified according to the specific type of epithelial cells that are affected.[1]

The most common epitheliomas are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma (skin cancers).[1]


Treatment usually involves surgically removing the tumor and affected tissue. Also used is cryosurgery and radiotherapy.[2]


The prognosis varies dramatically, depending on the type and stage at the time of treatment. However, the most common epitheliomas are very easily treated and rarely result in death.[2] The condition did, however, take the life of Scottish golfer Willie Dunn, Sr. in 1878 at a time when the ailment was likely not fully understood.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c Encyclopædia Britannica. "Epithelioma". Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b Browder JP, Tomsick RS (1983). "Basal cell epithelioma. Types, treatment methods, and prognosis". Postgrad Med. 73 (2): 161–8. doi:10.1080/00325481.1983.11697763. PMID 6823454.
  3. ^ "Deaths in the district of Inveresk and Musselburgh in the County of Edinburgh". Statutory Deaths 689/00 0032. ScotlandsPeople. Retrieved 11 April 2015.

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