Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is a type of skin cancer that appears on sun-damaged skin.
It is found most commonly on part of the body where the skin is exposed to the sun, including the scalp, upper rim of the ear, the face, lips, and shoulders.
Nearly 250,000 American are diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma each year. It is important to detect and treat skin cancer early before it spreads to other tissues.
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) that has not spread to other tissues is sometimes referred to as squamous cell in situ (also called SCC in situ, Bowen’s disease). The cure rate for SCC in situ is over 95%.
Squamous cell carcinoma can appear in a number of forms, including:
- A dry, crusted, scaly patch of skin that is red and swollen at the base
- A sore that won’t heal
- Crusted skin
- A thickened, crusty patch of skin with a raised border with a pebbly, granular base
If your skin shows any of these symptoms, consult a dermatologist or your doctor as soon as possible.
Your doctor may perform a skin biopsy to diagnose skin cancer. During this procedure, a portion of the lesion is removed and examined under a microscope.
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