Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is a common skin cancer in humans. About 700,000 new cases of this skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year.
This skin cancer tends to develop on skin that has been exposed to the sun for years. It is most frequently seen on sun-exposed areas, such as the head, neck, and back of the hands. Women frequently get SCC on their lower legs.
It is possible to get SCC on any part of the body, including the inside of the mouth, lips, and genitals.
People who use tanning beds have a much higher risk of getting SCC. They also tend to get SCC earlier in life. It is most often removed in the doctor’s office as a minor surgical procedure. Squamous cell cancers usually arise from pre-cancerous lesions called Actinic Keratosis. If it is not removed, it will continue to grow locally and in very rare cases can grow deeper into the body (about 2%). Because of this, it is important that we schedule for surgery.
SCC can spread to other parts of the body. With early diagnosis and treatment, SCC is highly curable.
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