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Basal cell carcinomas may attain giant proportions due primarily to recurrence or because the tumour is neglected. We report the case of a 66-year-old man who presented with a bleeding, polypoid, cutaneous tumour located on the left shoulder region of 13 years duration. The man had not received any previous treatment. The lesion was biopsied and histopathologically diagnosed as a solid type basal cell carcinoma with focal areas of squamous differentiation and keratinization. The man refused complete surgical removal and therefore was treated with roentgentherapy, with satisfactory results and no complications in the irradiated area. No recurrences had manifested after 1 year follow-up.