Squamous Cell Carcinoma


Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common form of skin cancer. It can affect many different parts of the body, but the skin is the most common.Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common form of skin cancer.  It can affect many different parts of the body, but the skin is the most common. 

What causes SCC

It can be caused by various factors, but for the skin variety, sunlight is the main culprit.

Why is it important to diagnose early?

SCC is often slow growing and may not cause any symptoms. As a result, patients may ignore the growth.  SCC may take many different shapes and forms such as a hard plaque with raised edges, bordered with small blood vessels, and usually in areas with extensive sun exposure.  SCC has a high rate of metastasis or spread and surgery is the most effective treatment.

How is SCC diagnosed and treated?

Your Dermatologist may do a simple excision and sent the specimen to the pathologist to look at under the microscope, or a more extensive procedure called “Moh’s Surgery” may be warranted.

Your dermatologist is an expert in managing SCC and will help you make the best decision.