Squamous Cell Carcinoma is the second most common type of skin cancer. There have been more than 250, 000 new diagnoses every year in the U.S. This type of tumor presents more commonly in the middle-aged adults, the elderly, fair-skinned individuals, and those with frequent sun exposure. The incidence of heavy sun exposure along with a history of blistering sunburns as a child contributes to an increase risk of cancers later in life. Lesions are typically crusty, scaly nodules on an inflamed or ulcerated base. They are found in sun-exposed areas such as the scalp, face, backs of the hands, and top of the ears. However, SCC can also be found inside the mouth and on genitalia with certain co-existing diseases. In contrast to Basal Cell Carcinoma, SCC have the potential to metastasize.
The treatment of SCC is dependent on the size of the lesion, the location of the lesion, and the overall health of the patient. We are equipped and staffed to perform treatment of squamous cell carcinoma in our office. There are a variety of surgical and non-surgical options available including:
- Electrodessication and Curettage
- Surgical Excision with or without frozen section control
For primary prevention, routine skin examinations along with diligent use of sun protection are of significant importance. If you have a suspicious lesion or a history of precancerous lesions, please call our office to schedule an appointment for a professional evaluation.