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Squamous Cell Cancers

Squamous Cell Cancers

Squamous cell cancer (SCC) is a type of skin cancer that begins in the squamous cells, and it is also known as squamous cell carcinoma. SCC often develop scaly, red patches, open sores, or warts on their skin.

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common form of skin cancer. It's usually found on areas of the body damaged by UV rays from the sun or tanning beds. Sun-exposed skin includes the head, neck, chest, upper back, ears, lips, arms, legs, and hands.

 Signs and symptoms of Squamous Cell Cancer may include

  • Scaly, reddish patch of skin.
  • SCC often occurs in areas exposed to UV radiation, such as the face, ear, and hands.
  • Brown spot that looks like an age spot.
  • Firm, dome-shaped growth.

Preparing For Your Squamous Cell Cancer Surgery

The morning of surgery please bathe/shower if possible. Also, please be sure to eat breakfast. If you are taking any of the medications or herbal supplements, please discontinue them 7-10 days before surgery if possible. Please follow all instruction carefully which is given by the doctor's.

Post Operative Activities

  • Daily care of the wound is required.
  • Depending upon the size, may take up to 4 to 6 weeks for the wound to heal completely, but infection, bleeding and pain are uncommon.

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Frequently Asked questions


Squamous cell carcinoma of the skin is usually not life-threatening, though it can be aggressive. Untreated, squamous cell carcinoma of the skin can grow large or spread to other parts of your body, causing serious complications.
The higher the stage of the tumor, the greater the chance it could spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body. Squamous cell carcinoma on sun-exposed areas of skin (such as the face) usually does not spread.
Squamous cell lung cancer usually is diagnosed after the disease has spread. The overall prognosis for squamous cell lung cancer is poor; only about 16% of patients survive five years or longer. The survival rate is higher if the disease is detected and treated early.
Squamous cell carcinomas may appear as flat reddish or brownish patches in the skin, often with a rough, scaly, or crusted surface. They tend to grow slowly and usually occur on sun-exposed areas of the body, such as the face, ears, neck, lips, and backs of the hands.
Once squamous cell carcinoma has spread beyond the skin, though, less than half of people live five years, even with aggressive treatment.
SCC is a fairly slow-growing skin cancer. Unlike other types of skin cancer, it can spread to the tissues, bones, and nearby lymph nodes, where it may become hard to treat. When caught early, it's easy to treat.

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