Squamous Cell Carcinoma is a common form of skin cancer that develops in the squamous cells that make up the middle and outer layer of the skin. Squamous Cell Carcinoma is usually not life-threatening and if untreated, Squamous Cell Carcinoma can grow large or spread to other parts of the body. Some of the common signs of Squamous Cell Carcinoma include red nodule, flat sore with a scaly crust, rough, scaly patch on the lip, and red sore inside the mouth.
HOW IS SQUAMOUS CELL CARCINOMA DIAGNOSED?
A general physician would observe these symptoms and a biopsy or tissue test to check for malignancy.
HOW IS SQUAMOUS CELL CARCINOMA TREATED?
Squamous cell carcinoma can usually be treated with minor surgery that can be done in a doctor’s office or hospital clinic. Depending on the size and location of the SCC, the doctor may choose to use any of the following techniques to remove it:
• Excision: cutting out the cancer spot and some healthy skin around it
• Surgery using a small hand tool and an electronic needle to kill cancer cells
• Mohs surgery: excision and then inspecting the excised skin using a microscope
• Lymph node surgery: remove a piece of the lymph node, uses general anesthesia
• Dermabrasion: ""sanding"" your affected area of skin with a tool to make way for a new layer
• Cryosurgery: freezing of the spot using liquid nitrogen
• Topical chemotherapy: a gel or cream applied to the skin
• Targeted drug treatment
DID YOU KNOW?
The word ""squamous"" came from the Latin squama meaning ""the scale of a fish or serpent."" Cancer that begins in squamous cells -- thin, flat cells that look under the microscope like fish scales.