Squamous Cell Carcinoma
- Characterized by red, scaling, thickening patches of skin in sun-exposed areas.
- 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.
- SCC can spread to other parts of the body. With early diagnosis and treatment, SCC is highly curable.