Cancer - skin - squamous cell; Skin cancer - squamous cell; Nonmelanoma skin cancer - squamous cell; NMSC - squamous cell
See also: Actinic keratosis for treatment information
Skin cancer has a high cure rate if it is treated early. Treatment depends on how big the tumor is, its location, and how far it has spread (metastasis).
Most (95%) of squamous cell tumors can be cured if they are removed promptly. New tumors may develop, however. If you have had squamous cell cancer, have your skin regularly examined by your health care provider.
The outlook depends on a number of factors, including the type of cancer and how quickly it was diagnosed. Squamous cell carcinoma only rarely spreads to other parts of the body.
Some squamous cell skin cancers may be more difficult to treat or can spread. This risk may depend on:
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you see the sore change in:
Also call if you have pain, inflammation, bleeding, or itching of an existing skin sore.
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