What is Squamous Cell Carcinoma

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It’s useful to familarise yourself with the vary kinds of skin cancer and their appearance so you can identify any anomalies on your skin and have your doctor check them our. One of the most kinds of non-melanoma skin cancer is Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC).

An SCC begins in the upper layer (see image included) of the skins epidermis, and correlate to approximately 30% of non-melanoma skin cancers.

SCC generally develop very quickly (weeks – months) and form in areas of the skin highly exposed to sun and where sun damage symptoms are already present, such as wrinkles, age spots, pigment changes or broken blood vessels. Areas most prevalent to this type of skin cancer are the rim of the ear, lower lip, face, balding scalp, neck, hands, arms and legs.

It is imperative that you have a doctor look at any sore that isn’t healing, is a thickened red and scaly spot, is tender to touch or is a fast-growing lump. SCC can appear similar to warts or an open sore with a raised boarder and crusted surface.

If detected early and treated promptly, SCC are almost always curable with minimal damage. Unfortunately, however, if they are left untreated they have been known to affect underlying tissue and a very small percent have been known to metastasize.

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