Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common form of skin cancer.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) is a type of skin cancer that affects the squamous cells, which are the cells located in the upper layer of the skin’s epidermis. SCC is less common than Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC), but it is more likely to spread to other body parts if left untreated.

Squamous cell carcinoma is caused by cumulative UV exposure throughout a lifetime. It rarely causes further problems when identified and treated early, although 5% of cases do spread and can require chemotherapy, radiation, or result in death. High-risk areas for SCC to spread are lips and ears. Surgical excision is the best treatment for squamous cell carcinoma and is usually curative.

If you have any concerns about skin changes or symptoms of SCC, you must speak with a healthcare provider to determine the best treatment for your needs. Early detection and treatment can significantly improve the outcome and prognosis for those affected by SCC.

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