This document provides the dataset for the histological reporting of basal cell carcinoma. Although the data items remain largely unchanged from the previous edition, in some instances their usage now has revised implications for the treatment, management and prognosis.
The meticulous diagnosis and reporting of basal cell carcinoma is important because histological parameters play a major role in defining patient treatment. Although the mortality from basal cell carcinoma is low, its morbidity level can be very high and its potential adverse cosmetic effects can be distressing to patients. Similarly, the recording of pathological parameters in the dataset has direct implications for the prognosis of individual patients.