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Squamous Cell Carcinoma

What is Squamous Cell Carcinoma?

Squamous Cell Carcinoma is another form of skin cancer occurring most frequently on sun-exposed areas of the body. Signs which may indicate the presence of Squamous Cell Carcinoma include scaly red patches, elevated growths with central depressions, wart-like growths, nodules, and open sores. These lesions may develop a crusted surface or bleed. All individuals exposed to sunlight are at risk of developing Squamous Cell Carcinoma, yet fair-skinned people after years of sun exposure, and individuals with pre-existing inflammatory conditions or burns are at a higher risk.

Treatment Options

The majority of Squamous Cell Carcinoma can be effectively treated if detected early. In a small percentage of cases, this particular tumor can spread to distant organs and may be fatal. Treatment Options Our dermatologists often diagnose and treat Squamous Cell Carcinoma after assessing tissue from a skin biopsy. Treatment options depend on location and depth of the tumor as well as the patients general health.

Treatment options offered include surgical excision, electrodesiccation and curettage, and Mohs micrographic surgery (removes thin layers and examines the tissue under a microscope for malignant cells. When all areas of the tissue are tumor-free, surgery is complete).


  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma is the second most common form of skin cancer; it affects more than 300,000 Americans each year.
  • When SCC is properly treated, the cure rate is greater than 90%.
  • Lesions tend to occur more often in males than females.
  • Individuals who have previously had Squamous Cell Carcinoma or Basal Cell Carcinoma have a greater chance of developing Squamous Cell Carcinoma.

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