What is the prognosis of primary cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC)?

Updated: Jul 08, 2020
  • Author: Talib Najjar, DMD, MDS, PhD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Although primary cSCC is not often fatal, it can cause significant morbidity if left untreated. Most cSCCs are located in the facial and head-and-neck region, where surgery for advanced-stage disease can be disfiguring.

Furthermore, the cost of treatment has been shown to pose a significant public health burden. In a study of the Medicare population, the treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancers ranked fifth among the most expensive cancers to treat. [29]


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