Treating Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous cell skin cancer (SCC, for squamous cell carcinoma) is a type of nonmelanoma skin cancer. It usually occurs in places that are exposed to the sun, like the face, ears, hands and arms. These are the areas where squamous cells are found (the epidermis, or skin’s upper layers). It will most often affect adults over 40. The sun’s ultraviolet and infrared rays are largely responsible for skin cancer, as they penetrate the skin’s DNA and impair it. After years of such damage, skin cancer may develop.

An estimated 700,000 cases of squamous cell carcinoma are diagnosed each year in the US, resulting in approximately 2,500 deaths.

People who have light complexions, are exposed to UV rays regularly, have suffered from serious sunburns in their lifetime, had numerous x-rays and senior citizens are more susceptible to squamous cell skin cancer.

Signs of Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Signs of this skin cancer usually first appear as a raised, red bump on the skin with a rough texture. There’s usually a crusting ulcer in the center. Individuals should also be on the look out for any change to existing warts or moles as that too can also be a sign of squamous skin cancer.

The good news about squamous cell cancer is that it’s very treatable. In factMohs micrographic surgery offers a cure rate of 99% for untreated cancer, and keeps the amount of normal tissue loss to a minimum. In this procedure the doctor excises the cancer at its root and looks at it under the microscope to make sure that all of the cancer and any roots from the tumor are removed. This way, the surgery only removes diseased tissue and leaves healthy tissue in place.

Dr. Taheri and Dr. Abaza are two of the foremost experts in the field of Mohs micrographic surgery, having performed thousands of surgeries with outstanding outcomes.

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