Squamous cell carcinoma

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

About Squamous Cell Carcinoma Skin Cancer

Squamous cell carcinomas is the second most common type of skin cancer. As opposed to basal cell carcinoma a proportion of these cancers can metastasize (invade distant tissues) therefore an early diagnosis and treatment is of the essence.

Squamous cell carcinoma often occurs in male and female patients over 50 years of age but could appear earlier in life as well.

What causes the skin cancer?

  • Ultraviolet light (Sun exposure, UV lamps)
  • Discoid Lupus and other chronic disorders
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals: Tar, Arsenic
  • Old burn scars
  • Patients on immunosuppressants
  • A few patients that have had human papilloma virus infections (HPV 5 and 8 )

Patients with fair skin, clue or green eyes and red or blonde hair are often at risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma.

Although squamous cell carcinomas spread faster than basal cell skin cancer, it still grows slowly.  This type of cancer also rarely spreads to other locations but it remains detrimental to one’s health and should be taken seriously.

I have many years experience working as a skin cancer expert and cosmetic surgeon.  If you are concerned about any skin irregularities and suspect skin cancer, don’t hesitate to consult with me or your regular specialist as soon as possible.

Symptoms of Squamous Cell Carcinoma

The symptoms of squamous cell carcinoma include a rapidly growing  pink lesion initially without ulceration.  Over time this lesion becomes ulcerated with an irregular thick edge sometimes called “Rolled edge”. Unfortunately these features are not common to all squamous cell carcinomas.

Any skin lesion that fails to heal or disappear and continues to grow should be seen by a doctor and treated as soon as possible.  If you would like to consult with me, please contact me

If you are unsure whether or not you resemble squamous cell carcinoma symptoms, you might also want to look at:

*    Basal cell carcinoma pictures
*    Melanoma pictures
*    Benign moles

Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment

Before squamous cell carcinomas treatment can commence, your skin cancer surgeon will first investigate the size, shape, texture and colour of your lesion to determine the stage of likelihood of skin cancer.

If your surgeon suspects that your wound could be cancerous, he/she will do a biopsy of the lesion and examine it under a microscope.

Depending on the stage of the squamous cell carcinoma, your surgeon will select one of the following treatments:

*    Radio therapy,
*    Chemotherapy; or
*    Surgical excision.

The treatment of choice is surgical excision sometimes followed by radiation therapy, and/or chemotherapy.

Early squamous cell carcinoma treatment has a very good prognosis but in advanced or complicated cases the prognosis can be poor.  This is why early detection is extremely important.

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