Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatments from U.S. Dermatology Partners

What Is Squamous Cell Carcinoma?

Squamous Cell Carcinoma is a common form of skin cancer that develops in the squamous cells that make up the outer layer of the skin. Although it is usually not life-threatening, it can be aggressive in some cases.

If left untreated, squamous cell carcinoma can grow large or spread to other parts of your body, causing serious complications.

Dermatologist examining male patient's skin for signs of Squamous Cell Carcinoma.

Your dermatologist will be able to examine your skin for signs of squamous cell carcinoma.

Who Is at Risk for Squamous Cell Carcinoma?

More than 90 percent of all skin cancer is caused by long-term exposure to UV radiation.

Squamous cell carcinoma is more common in people who use tanning beds, have fair skin and light-colored eyes, have a history of skin cancer or precancerous lesions, or have a weakened immune system because of an underlying condition or the use of immunosuppresant therapies like chemotherapy.

Additionally, people with a history of sunburns or those who spend an excessive amount of time in the sun are also at greater risk.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma Symptoms

Squamous cell cancer can keratinize and blacken

Squamous cell cancer can keratinize and blacken.

Squamous cell carcinoma is most likely to be found on an area that is exposed to the sun — such as your scalp, arms, back of the hands, ears or lips. However, it can also occur in areas such as inside your mouth, on your anus and on your genitals.

Distinguishing marks of squamous cell carcinoma could include:

Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatments

Most squamous cell carcinomas can be removed with relatively minor surgery or occasionally with a topical medication. Different types of surgical procedures include:

examination for Mohs surgery for skin cancer

Squamous Cell Carcinoma Prevention

Wearing a hat and applying sunscreen regularly can help protect your skin

Wearing a hat and applying sunscreen regularly can help protect your skin.

Although treatments are very successful when skin cancer is caught early, the best way to prevent skin cancer is to protect your skin from sunlight. Make smart sun habits a part of your daily healthcare regimen.

*Results may vary by individual

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