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Lesion on the lip. Report says interpersonal squamous cell carcinoma, margins involved. What does it mean?

Hi, I have had a 3mm lesion excision for my top lip. I do not fully understand the report and would appreciate your opinion. The summary report reads.....interpersonal squamous cell carcinoma.margins involved. What does margins involved mean ? Does that mean that the margins are clear ?next query ...An irregular piece of tissue 6mm by 4mm by 3mm. All embedded...What does embedded mean. I understand that it was a small lesion but I am unsure that it has been totally removed as I have been referred into a dermatologist for more topical treatment. This is the second time it has recurred and been cut out of this area of lip. Many thanks
Asked On : Sun, 21 Apr 2013
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General Surgeon 's  Response
Apr 2013
Thank you for your querry.That means some of the cancer was left on the skin to the sides of the excision so margins arent clear. embedded means that these 3 lesions are actually fused togehther.
You have to options now. Do reescision of this this skin lesion or wait and see will it progress in size.Both ways are acceptable and nothing serious can happen if you do fequent check ups.
. Wish you good health.
Answered: Mon, 22 Apr 2013
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