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How common is stage 1 squamous cell carcinoma?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
It's difficult to determine the exact number of cases of stage 1 squamous cell carcinoma. This is due in part to the fact that the cancer may be diagnosed and treated before it reaches stage 1, or it may not be diagnosed till it's reached a later stage. In general, squamous cell carcinoma is a pretty common type of skin cancer. It's estimated that there are about 700,000 new cases diagnosed in the United States each year. The number of squamous cell carcinoma cases -- and cases of skin cancer in general - is increasing each year.

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