ICD-10 Diagnosis Code C44.501

Unspecified malignant neoplasm of skin of breast

Diagnosis Code C44.501

ICD-10: C44.501
Short Description: Unspecified malignant neoplasm of skin of breast
Long Description: Unspecified malignant neoplasm of skin of breast
This is the 2018 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code C44.501

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The code C44.501 is valid for submission for HIPAA-covered transactions.

Code Classification
  • Neoplasms (C00–D48)
    • Melanoma and other malignant neoplasms of skin (C43-C44)
      • Other and unspecified malignant neoplasm of skin (C44)

Information for Medical Professionals

Diagnostic Related Groups
The diagnosis code C44.501 is grouped in the following Diagnostic Related Group(s) (MS-DRG V35.0)


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  • Cancer en cuirasse
  • Carcinoma of skin of trunk
  • Localized skin involvement by breast carcinoma
  • Neoplasm of breast primary tumor staging category T4: Direct extension to chest wall and/or skin beyond dermis
  • Primary malignant neoplasm of chest wall
  • Primary malignant neoplasm of skin of breast
  • Primary malignant neoplasm of skin of chest
  • Primary malignant neoplasm of soft tissues of thorax

Table of Neoplasms

The code C44.501 is included in the table of neoplasms by anatomical site. For each site there are six possible code numbers according to whether the neoplasm in question is malignant, benign, in situ, of uncertain behavior, or of unspecified nature. The description of the neoplasm will often indicate which of the six columns is appropriate.

Where such descriptors are not present, the remainder of the Index should be consulted where guidance is given to the appropriate column for each morphological (histological) variety listed. However, the guidance in the Index can be overridden if one of the descriptors mentioned above is present.

The Tabular must be reviewed for the complete diagnosis code.

Neoplasm, neoplastic Malignant
CaInSitu Benign Uncertain
»breast (connective tissue) (glandular tissue) (soft parts)
  »mastectomy site (skin) [See Also: Neoplasm, breast, skin]
»breast (connective tissue) (glandular tissue) (soft parts)
»mastectomy site (skin) [See Also: Neoplasm, breast, skin]
»skin NOS
»skin NOS
  »mastectomy site (skin) [See Also: Neoplasm, skin, breast]

Information for Patients

Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. The two most common types are basal cell cancer and squamous cell cancer. They usually form on the head, face, neck, hands, and arms. Another type of skin cancer, melanoma, is more dangerous but less common.

Anyone can get skin cancer, but it is more common in people who

  • Spend a lot of time in the sun or have been sunburned
  • Have light-colored skin, hair and eyes
  • Have a family member with skin cancer
  • Are over age 50

You should have your doctor check any suspicious skin markings and any changes in the way your skin looks. Treatment is more likely to work well when cancer is found early. If not treated, some types of skin cancer cells can spread to other tissues and organs. Treatments include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, photodynamic therapy (PDT), and biologic therapy. PDT uses a drug and a type of laser light to kill cancer cells. Biologic therapy boosts your body's own ability to fight cancer.

NIH: National Cancer Institute

  • Basal cell carcinoma (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Mohs micrographic surgery (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Skin lesion biopsy (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Skin self-exam (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Squamous cell skin cancer (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • What to Know about External Beam Radiation Therapy - NIH - Easy-to-Read (National Cancer Institute)

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