What is Squamous Cell Carcinoma?

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common skin cancer.  Approximately 20 percent of new skin cancer cases are SCC.  The majority of these are due to UV exposure.  In most cases, SCC will appear as a red, crusted or scaly patch, a red nodule, or a non-healing ulcer.  The areas of the body most prone to the development of SCC are those that receive frequent sun exposure such as the arms, neck, head, ears, and trunk.  In many cases, prior to becoming skin cancer, SCC is first apparent as one or more lesions known as actinic keratoses (AKs). 

Squamous Cell Carcinoma Risk Factors

As is typical with all forms of skin cancer, those who are most susceptible to the development of SCC are individuals who are fair skinned, have light-colored hair or eyes, have skin that freckles or burns in the sun, and who have a history of indoor tanning or excessive sun exposure.  Those patients who have previously been diagnosed with AKs are particularly at high risk. 

Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment

While largely curable, early detection and treatment are key as more aggressive forms pose a greater risk for metastasis to the lymph nodes and internal organs.  Treatment options for SCC include cryotherapy, ED&C, radiation, topical therapy, surgical excision, and Mohs.

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Suspicious lesions should be quickly examined by a dermatologist to determine their type and treatment.  If you have a growth or lesion that you fear may be SCC or other form of skin cancer, schedule a consultation and treatment with a Dermasurgery Center Baton Rouge dermatologist or Lafayette dermatologist.