How common are recurrences? I've read that 35% will have a recurrence. That statistic sounds high. I am 16 years out and have been cancer free since 1997. After my surgery they said I had localized mets (skeletal muscle and 1 lymph node) but all scans have been clear. After all these years I don't give this cancer thing too much thought except when its time for my yearly check up. Which was the other day. My doctor said she felt a node but that can be due too many other factors (cold, etc..) but come back in 2-3 months for a recheck. I'm also past due for my WBS.. So now I'm going to set that up. That afternoon I went to my primary to have him feel my neck (I can't feel a thing) to get his opinion. He said he didn't feel anything so not to worry. Of course I still am... Anyway, this leads to my initial question ... How common are recurrences?