Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common form of skin cancer, frequently occurring on sun-exposed skin such as the head, neck, ears, lips, arms, legs, and hands.

Regular skin checks by a dermatologist at The Dermatology & Skin Surgery Center at Creedmoor are crucial for detecting Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC). Our expert dermatologists specialize in identifying suspicious lesions, growths, or changes in the skin that may indicate SCC. Additionally, self-exams are essential for monitoring your skin for any evolving or unusual areas, such as persistent sores, rough patches, or raised nodules. Early detection and treatment are key to managing SCC effectively.

Symptoms of Squamous Cell Carcinoma

  • Squamous cell carcinoma usually begins as a dome-shaped bump or a red, scaly patch of skin.
  • Rough and crusty and can bleed easily when scraped. 
  • Changes in existing growths: changes in the appearance of existing skin growths, such as warts or scars.
  • Persistent sore: a sore or lump that doesn't heal, or a lesion that keeps recurring.

What Causes Squamous Cell Carcinoma?

  • Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) can affect individuals across diverse backgrounds.
  • It is more prevalent in those with regular exposure to direct sunlight, especially in professions or lifestyles that involve significant sun exposure.
  • While skin cancer is less common in individuals with darker complexions, they are at an increased risk for SCC in areas of the body not typically exposed to the sun.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma Prevention

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) prevention starts by wearing sunscreen daily, even in the winter and colder months, avoiding excessive sun exposure, seeking shade, wearing protective clothing, and getting regular skin checks. If you notice changes in moles or skin, consult a dermatologist promptly.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma FAQs

Individuals at higher risk for SCC include those with fair skin, light hair, and light eyes, those with a history of sunburns or excessive sun exposure, those with a weakened immune system, and those with a personal or family history of skin cancer.

Preventing SCC involves protecting your skin from UV radiation by using sunscreen, wearing protective clothing, seeking shade, and avoiding tanning beds. Regular skin checks and self-examinations are also important.

If you notice any unusual or persistent changes in your skin, schedule an appointment with a dermatologist for an evaluation. Early detection and treatment are key to effectively managing SCC.

The primary cause of SCC is prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or tanning beds. Other risk factors include having fair skin, a history of sunburns, and a weakened immune system.

A dermatologist will examine the suspicious area and perform a biopsy, where a small sample of the skin is taken and analyzed under a microscope to confirm the diagnosis.

SCC may appear as a persistent sore, rough or scaly patch, raised growth with a central depression, or a wart-like nodule. These lesions may bleed, itch, or become crusty.

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Treatment Options for Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Depending on the type, location and size of the tumor/skin cancer, options for treatment may include, but are not limited to:
  • Mohs micrographic surgery
  • Excisional surgery
  • Cryotherapy (freezing)
  • Currettage and Electrodessication
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation
To properly diagnose and treat skin cancer, it is essential to schedule with your dermatologist. Our certified experts can provide you with the best treatments options for your skin cancer. If you haven’t scheduled a skin check, we highly encourage you to schedule one today.