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Is stage 0 squamous cell carcinoma serious?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

All types of cancer are serious, but fortunately, stage 0 squamous cell carcinoma is very treatable and is rarely fatal. At this first stage, squamous cell carcinoma is almost always successfully treated because it's still confined to the topmost layers of skin. However, if it's left untreated, the cancer may advance and can spread throughout the body, making it more difficult to treat. Because early diagnosis and treatment usually results in a successful recovery, it's important to talk to your doctor as soon as you notice any symptoms of stage 0 squamous cell carcinoma.

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