Basal cell carcinoma (BCC), the most common skin cancer in the United States, is locally invasive but has a low risk of metastasis. BCC is rare in black patients but, regardless of racial origin, most BCC occurs on sun- exposed areas. We describe a 67-year-old black man with a large BCC on the hairy scalp, a relatively sun-protected area, that metastasized to the spine. To our knowledge, this is the first description of a black patient with development of metastatic BCC on an otherwise normal scalp.
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