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Does squamous cell carcinoma have a high recurrence rate?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Squamous cell carcinoma doesn't have an extremely high recurrence rate, meaning it isn't extremely likely that the cancer will come back after treatment. However, it is possible for it to come back, especially if the squamous cell carcinoma had already advanced to a later stage when it was first treated. If it recurs, it will most likely be within the first 5 years after being treated. Also, having squamous cell carcinoma does increase your chance of developing another skin cancer in another place. Because of this, it's important to have regular check-ups with your doctor after treatment to make sure the cancer hasn't come back.

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