Asked by: Bei Ghouzalimedical health skin and dermatology
Can basal cell carcinoma come back?
Last Updated: 1st February, 2020
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Accordingly, can basal cell carcinoma come back in the same spot?
After being removed, basal cell carcinoma (BCC) of the skin does recur at some other spot on the body in about 40% of people. BCC is the most common type of skin cancer, followed by squamous cell carcinoma, and then melanoma.
One may also ask, what happens when skin cancer comes back? For most people with basal or squamous cell skin cancers, treatment will remove or destroy the cancer. (When cancer comes back after treatment, it is called recurrent cancer or a recurrence.) This is very common if you've had cancer.
Keeping this in view, what are the chances of basal cell carcinoma returning?
The 5-year recurrence rate is about 5%, but it depends on the histologic subtype and type of treatment; the recurrence rate is less than 1% for primary (previously untreated) BCCs treated with Mohs micrographic surgery.
Can cancer come back after Mohs?
Mohs surgery has the highest cure rate of all treatments for basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas -- more than 99% for new skin cancers and 95% if the cancer comes back. Twice a year is normal, but you may need them more often if the cancer is an aggressive type that's more likely to come back.