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

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Carlo Contreras
Surgery - Oncology
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Carlo Contreras
Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Dr. Arlo Miller
Dermatology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Arlo Miller
Dr. Arlo Miller
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Todd Abbott
Pathology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 5%

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

In brief: 5%

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