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Squamous Cell Carcinoma

What is Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the skin (SCC)?

SCC is the second most common type of skin cancer.  It often only involves the skin, but does have some risk of spreading to other parts of the body.  Cancers located on the ears, lips, or central face are at highest risk of spreading.

What causes Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the skin (SCC)?

Most are caused by sun exposure, but the wart virus can play a role in some patients, particularly those with a weak immune system.  Arsenic and ionizing radiation are also responsible for some cases.

How is Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the skin treated?

Most of the time a minor outpatient surgery will be the best treatment option.  For some, if the cancer is very thin (what is called squamous cell carcinoma in situ), a cream or other method can be used to cure them.  Your dermatologist will go over all options with you.

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