Squamous Cell Carcinoma


Squamous cell carcinoma of the skin is a common form of skin cancer that develops in the squamous cells.Squamous cell carcinoma is usually not life-threatening, though it can be aggressive. Untreated, squamous cell carcinoma of the skin can grow large or spread to other parts of your body, causing serious complications.

Signs and symptoms of squamous cell carcinoma:

  • Persistent scaly red patch
  • Crusted spot
  • Elevated growth with central depression

Risk factors of skin cancer

  • Patients with a light skin tone
  • Patients with skin that burns easily 
  • Patients who have a history of tanning bed use
  • Patients who are frequently exposed to the sun through leisure or occupational activities
  • Patients who are a recipient of an organ transplant

Skin cancer prevention

  • Avoid peak sunlight during the day
  • Avoid indoor tanning bed
  • Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen
  • Regular self skin monitoring and annually skin check by physician

Skin cancer treatments

Treatment for skin cancer depends on types and stages. The goal of treatment is to remove cancer completely. Most people with non-melanoma skin cancer have one or more of the following treatments:

  • Biopsy could be performed in order to confirm the diagnosis before starting the treatments
  • Surgery –  squamous cell carcinoma is usually treated with surgery to remove cancer.
  • Immunotherapy – Immunotherapy is the medicine that works with the body’s infection-fighting system to stop cancer growth.
  • Targeted therapy – Targeted therapy is a group of medicines that work only on cancers with certain characteristics. These medicines usually work by blocking a specific protein or molecule.
  • Chemotherapy – Chemotherapy is the medicine that kills cancer cells or stops them from growing.

Get a Skin Cancer Screening at Katu Dermatology

Katu Dermatology offers comprehensive skin cancer examinations. Let our certified dermatologists examine your skin for any marks that have an unusual size, color, or texture. Book an appointment with us today.

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