III. Squamous Cell Cancer Prevention: Squamous Cell Skin Cancer - Preventing a Reoccurrence

Sun exposure and sunbathing produce gradual skin damage even if sunburn is avoided. Ten to forty years can pass between the time of sun exposure and the development of a squamous cell skin cancer.

Sun damage is permanent and irreversible. You should put on sun-screen or moisturizer with an SPF of 15 or higher everyday before leaving the house. Don't go overboard and try to avoid the sun completely. The damage is already done; a little more sun will not make much difference.

Some who have had a squamous cell skin cancer need to come back every three months for two years for a skin exam and then every six months for life. Most recurrences are in the first two years.


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