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How can I tell if squamous cell carcinoma is life threatening?

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Dr. Kenneth Lee
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In brief: Can be

Squamous cell cancer in advanced untreated forms can be life threatening.
It can be locally aggressive by invading critical structures and can also rarely metastasize to distant organs. Some scc like head and neck locations have a high rate of lymph node spread. Purely skin scc is less dangerous overall than melanoma but still requires timely treatment.

In brief: Can be

Squamous cell cancer in advanced untreated forms can be life threatening.
It can be locally aggressive by invading critical structures and can also rarely metastasize to distant organs. Some scc like head and neck locations have a high rate of lymph node spread. Purely skin scc is less dangerous overall than melanoma but still requires timely treatment.
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