Dermatologic Surgery : Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous Cell Carcinomas (SCCs) usually occur as red crusty bumps on the skin, again most often on sun-exposed areas such as the scalp, face, ears, and arms. SCCs can also show up as non-healing red patches which are flat or raised. Some of these patches can even look like dermatitis, eczema, or psoriasis but the key is that they do not seem to go away or get better with treatment. SCCs are also more likely to occur in burns and scars. There are over 250,000 cases a year in the United States. Squamous cell carcinomas are more likely than basal cell carcinomas to metastasize or spread to other parts of the body. There are unfortunately about 2500 or so deaths each year in the US from SCCs. If you have had a SCC, I recommend being checked every 6 months by your dermatologist.

More information is available at the Skin Cancer Foundation - Squamous Cell Carcinoma.

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