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Prognosis

In most cases, the outlook is excellent. Over all, 95% to 98% of squamous cell carcinomas can be cured if they are treated early. Once a squamous cell carcinoma has spread beyond the skin, less than half of patients live five years, even with aggressive treatment.

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