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What are the odds of a squamous cell skin cancer spreading to lymph nodes?
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4 doctors agree
In brief: Very high
Neglected sqamous cell skin cancer is a very lethal lesion.
It rapidly penetrates to deeper layers of skin , spread to regional lymph nodes. Early detection and wide excision will assure cure if you see a non healing ulcer seek the help of your physician for early diagnosis and cure.

In brief: Very high
Neglected sqamous cell skin cancer is a very lethal lesion.
It rapidly penetrates to deeper layers of skin , spread to regional lymph nodes. Early detection and wide excision will assure cure if you see a non healing ulcer seek the help of your physician for early diagnosis and cure.
Dr. Addagada Rao
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Dr. Carlo Contreras
Squamous cell carcinoma rarely spreads to the lymph nodes. The type of skin cancer that has a higher chance of spreading to the lymph nodes is melanoma.
Dr. Michael Armstrong
However,treated early and appropriately, squamous cell skin cancer rarely spreads to lymph nodes. I treat about 100 cases of squamous cell skin cancer a year, and have only lost one patient in 15 years. Protect yourself from the sun and seek immediate treatment for any non-healing skin skin wound!
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology
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In brief: Nodes and skin ca
Squamous cell overall has a 10 to 15% rate of nodal spread, depending on the depth of invasion, the grade, the size of the lesion, how long it has been present, and if it is recurrent.
Basal cell carcinoma rarely spreads...You can find a few reports in the literature of a handful of patients who have had this happen and I have only seen one in 25 years.

In brief: Nodes and skin ca
Squamous cell overall has a 10 to 15% rate of nodal spread, depending on the depth of invasion, the grade, the size of the lesion, how long it has been present, and if it is recurrent.
Basal cell carcinoma rarely spreads...You can find a few reports in the literature of a handful of patients who have had this happen and I have only seen one in 25 years.
Dr. Kris Gast
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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: Depends on size
The size of the primary tumor is most important.
If the cancer is caught early, then the risk of spread is low. If it is not removed, the longer it grows, the higher the risk of spread. More aggressive cancers (based on appearance under the microscope) will tend to grow faster and also spread earlier compared to other tumors.

In brief: Depends on size
The size of the primary tumor is most important.
If the cancer is caught early, then the risk of spread is low. If it is not removed, the longer it grows, the higher the risk of spread. More aggressive cancers (based on appearance under the microscope) will tend to grow faster and also spread earlier compared to other tumors.
Dr. Mike Bowman
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
In brief: Low
Squamous cells carcinomas of the skin do not usually spread to the nodes, if treated early.
Left untreated, the lesions spread locally and spread to the lymph nodes.

In brief: Low
Squamous cells carcinomas of the skin do not usually spread to the nodes, if treated early.
Left untreated, the lesions spread locally and spread to the lymph nodes.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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