I have squamous cell cancer scheduled for January 24, 2014. I am wondering if I should have someone else remove it sooner?

I have squamous cell cancer on my upper back/neck. this was found by my dermatologist last Friday after a routine visit. I had melanoma on my lower back 8 years ago. He told me that he needs to remove it and has me scheduled for January 24, 2014. That seems like a long time to wait to me. I am wondering if I should have someone else remove it sooner?

Doctor Answers (2)

Skin cancer surgery for sqamous cell cancer and timing


Unless your spot is changing rapidly or growing quickly, this time frame falls under a very acceptable amount of time to have this lesions treated. As already said, it is important that you see a good and well trained dermatologic surgeon more so than anything else. 

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Skin cancer surgery scheduled in one month, is that fast enough?


That would be a fine amount of time to do your procedure. SCC cancers tend to be slower growing so it will not change much at all in the next 5 weeks. It would be more important to have someone you trust remove it than shop around for someone who has a quick appointment available. 

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