Many people who have surgery for basal cell carcinomas and very early-stage squamous cell carcinomas, will not need any follow-up. However, your doctor may want you to have regular check-ups for a time to make sure the cancer has not returned, and that treatment has been successful. These check-ups are a good opportunity to discuss any problems or worries you may have with your doctor.
Once you’ve had a skin cancer, you’re more at risk of developing another one somewhere else. You’re also more at risk of developing a recurrence of the skin cancer in the area where you had it before. It’s important to regularly check your skin for any new symptoms or changes that could be cancer.
If you have any problems, or notice any new symptoms in between check-ups, let your doctor know as soon as possible.
For people whose treatment is over apart from regular check-ups, we have information on how to keep healthy and adjusting to life after cancer.