Answer: Excision followed by microscopic confirmation of clear margins is the treatment of choice. The type and complexity of the excision and repair are determined by the microscopic pattern of the basal cell carcinoma, the defect required to obtain clear margins, and the patient's desires regarding cosmetic results. Certain superficial basal cell carcinomas on the trunk and extremities are better treated by curettage and electrodesiccation. Following treatment, reevaluation of the surgical site every 3 months for the first year, then yearly for the next 5 years, is appropriate.
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