Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous Cell Carcinoma is the second most common skin cancer (after basal cell carcinoma) with more than 250,000 new cases every year. SCC tends to develop in fair-skinned middle-aged and elderly people who have had long-term sun exposure. It most often appears as a crusted or scaly area of skin with a red inflamed base that resembles a growing tumor, non-healing ulcer or crusted-over patch of skin. While most commonly found on sun-exposed areas of the body, it can develop anywhere, including the inside of the mouth and the genitalia. SCC may arise from actinic keratoses, which are dry, scaly lesions that may be skin-colored, reddish-brown or yellowish-black. SCC requires early treatment to prevent metastasis (spreading).

Treatment Options:

Squamous cell is treated with surgical removal and has a high cure rate if detected early. Topical creams are also available. Diagnosis requires an initial biopsy. Once diagnosed, professionals at Skinworks will discuss with you treatment options. In most cases surgery is performed on site under local anesthesia.

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