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What are the odds of squamous cell cancer on your face spreading to lymph nodes?

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Dr. Carlo Contreras answered

Specializes in Surgical Oncology

Low: If the squamous cell cancer is truly on the skin of your face, then the risk is low for small lesions. If the squamous cell cancer is on the lining of your mouth or oral/nasal passages, then the risk of spreading to the lymph nodes is much higher.

Answered 6/6/2020

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5%: In general 5%, could be higher or lower based on the specific features and location of the primary.

Answered 3/21/2018

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Low: Squamous cell carcinomas of the skin are slow to spread to the lymph nodes in early stages. However, that is not a reason to ignore a skin lesion that may be squamous cell carcinoma.

Answered 6/15/2018

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Dr. Arlo Miller answered

Specializes in Dermatology

Overall low, but: Of squamous cell cancers from the skin, tumors arising on the face do have higher rates of spread than ones that arise on the body.

Answered 12/8/2018

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