top of page

What is Squamous Cell Carcinoma?

Squamous Cell Carcinoma is a skin cancer that develops from sun damaged skin. It is generally a slow growing cancer that does not produce physical symptoms. However this is not always the case. It is important to contact us if there are any changes in your skin. If you do have squamous cell carcinoma it can be treated.

beautiful-face-young-woman-with-clean-fresh-skin (1).jpg

What is Squamous Cell Carcinoma?

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) is a type of skin cancer that affects the squamous cells in the epidermis, or outermost layer of the skin. It is typically caused by long-term sun exposure and can appear as scaly patches on the skin. It is considered to be more aggressive than other types of skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma since it tends to spread faster and further into surrounding tissue.


SCC is usually diagnosed with a physical exam and biopsy of the suspicious area, which involves taking a small sample of tissue for examination under a microscope. Treatment options depend on the size and depth of the tumor, but may include surgery, radiation therapy, cryosurgery (freezing), and chemotherapy.


Preventing SCC can be done by avoiding excessive sun exposure, wearing sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day, and avoiding tanning beds. It is also important to check your skin regularly for any new spots or changes in existing moles or lesions. By taking these steps, you can reduce your risk of developing SCC and other forms of skin cancer. If you are at a high risk for SCC due to family history or other factors, you should contact us about preventive treatments such as regular exams and treatments such as topical creams. Taking these steps can help you stay healthy and protect yourself against this aggressive form of skin cancer.

bottom of page