Many people who have surgery for BCCs and very early-stage SCCs will not need long-term follow-ups. However, your doctor may want you to have regular check-ups for a time. This is to make sure that treatment has been successful and the cancer has not come back. These check-ups are a good opportunity to talk to your doctor about any problems or worries you may have.
Once you have had a skin cancer, you are more at risk of developing another one somewhere else. You also have a higher risk of developing a recurrence of the skin cancer in the area where you had it before.
It is important to regularly check your skin for any new symptoms or changes that could be cancer. Using a mirror can help if there are areas you cannot see easily, such as your back. Or you can ask a relative or friend, if you feel comfortable doing so. If you have any problems, or notice any new symptoms in between check-ups, tell your doctor as soon as possible.
Share your experience
When treatment finishes, many people find it helps to talk about and share their thoughts, feelings and advice with other people. This can be especially helpful for others with skin cancer who are about to start their treatment. Just hearing about how you have coped, what side effects you had and how you managed them is very helpful to someone in a similar situation.
We can help you share your story. Call us on 0808 808 00 00 or read about becoming a Cancer Voice.