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What is Squamous Cell Carcinoma and What Does It Look Like?
Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) is the second most commonly diagnosed form of skin cancer. It appears on the skin in a variety of sizes and shapes, such as dome-shaped growths that may bleed, bumps that feel crusty, flat patches that are red and rough, and sores that won’t heal.
Repeated sun exposure is a common cause of SCC, especially on the head, face, neck, arms, legs and hands. SCC can also show up inside the mouth or on genitalia, and can be associated with the human papillomavirus (HPV). It’s also possible for SCC to start as growths known as actinic keratosis (AK). Both SCC and AKs are dry, scaly and rough-textured.
Who Gets Squamous Cell Carcinoma?
Everyone can get SCC, but it is more common with those who:
Reducing Your Risk
If you’ve been diagnosed with SCC, you’re also at risk for developing other skin cancers, such as melanoma. To prevent skin cancer development:
When found early, SCC is very treatable. Diagnosing is typically done with a skin biopsy. A skin tissue sample (usually part or all of the suspected BCC) will be taken and microscopically examined to confirm the presence of cancer cells.
Treatment depends on where the SCC is located, the size of it and your overall health. Treatment options include: