Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Have you had the diagnosis of Squamous Cell Carcinoma? Do you have a non-healing sore or a red scaly patch?
High Valley Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. Dr. Sewell and Dr. Miner are fellowship trained Mohs micrographic surgeons, and thus are fellows of the American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS), founded by Dr. Fred Mohs. Their full year of fellowship training centered on the precise removal of many different skin cancers, and the aesthetic reconstruction of the surgical defects after their removal. For the most common forms of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, this technique offers cure rates of 98% and higher.
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Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common type of Skin Cancer and may appear on the skin looking like one of the following:
- Crusty or rough Bump
- Red and rough flat patch
- Dome-shaped growing or bleeding bump
- non-healing sore
SCCs are most commonly found on areas that get the most sun exposure such as face, ears, lips, back of the hands, arms, and legs. They however may also appear on areas that do not see the sun such as the inside of the mouth or on the genitals. UV rays emitted by the sun, tanning bed or other indoor tanning devices cause damage skin cells. SCCs typically begin as a dry, scaly, rough precancerous growth called an Actinic Keratosis (AK). People of all skin colors can get SCC but it is more common in Caucasians. As we age our skin naturally has more exposure to the sun putting us at a higher risk of developing skin cancer.
Factors that increase your risk of Squamous Cell Carcinoma:
- Light color skin
- blue, green, or gray eyes
- Blond or red hair
- inability to tan
- use of tanning beds or sunlamps
- exposure to cancer-causing chemicals
- tobacco use
- large amounts of time outdoors without sunscreen
- previous diagnosis with Actinic Keratosis
- blistering sunburns
- suppressed immune system
- received an organ transplant
- infected with HPV (Human Papillomavirus)
- Received the acne treatment of X-ray in the 1940s
SCC can usually be cured when caught early and removed. If left untreated, SCC can spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body. Diagnosis can be done by a biopsy of the lesion and then examination under a microscope. Treatment options are determined by the area on the body which the SCC appeared, if it has spread to other part of your body, and your overall health.
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