Squamous Cell Carcinoma

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Squamous cell carcinoma is a common form of skin cancer that is usually not life threatening. It develops in the thin, flat squamous cells that make up the outer layer of the skin. If squamous cell carcinoma is not treated, it can grow aggressively and spread to other parts of the body causing serious complications. Most cases of squamous cell carcinoma results from prolonged exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays or from tanning beds.

Squamous cell carcinoma can occur on any part of the body; however, parts that receive a great deal of sun exposure, such as the scalp, back of the hands, face, and arms, are the most commonly affected areas. Signs of squamous cell carcinoma include a flat sore with a scaly crust; a firm, red nodule; a new sore that develops on an old scar. Dr. Jamie Weisman at Medical Dermatology Specialists has the expertise to detect early signs of squamous cell carcinoma. When this type of skin cancer is caught in its earliest stages, it is almost always curable.

Many times, prompt in-office removal is recommended for anyone who comes in with a skin concern that is diagnosed as squamous cell carcinoma. Dr. Weisman and her staff understand the importance of evaluating all skin concerns, especially for symptoms that may indicate skin cancer. As with all types of cancer, the sooner it is diagnosed the sooner it can be treated – and squamous cell carcinoma is no different. If you have a skin concern that you wish to have looked at, contact Medical Dermatology Specialists today for an appointment. We can have a thorough skin cancer screening planned for your visit and help develop a treatment plan for all of your skin care needs.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Jamie Weisman, Medical Dermatology Specialists, Inc.