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.



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