How to Spot Squamous Cell Carcinoma

What is squamous cell carcinoma?

Squamous cell carcinoma is a major type of skin cancer that arises from the outer epidermal layer of the skin and mucous membranes. Areas that are most commonly exposed to the sun are typically where this skin cancer occurs.


What are the causes of squamous cell carcinoma?

Burns, scars, radiation, certain chemicals, immunosuppression, and inflammatory conditions are some of the factors that may contribute to the development of squamous cell carcinoma. However, the leading cause of this cancer is sun exposure. Not to mention, individuals with fair skin are more prone to this cancer, although anyone can get it.


What does squamous cell carcinoma look like?

The presence of squamous cell carcinoma may be identified by scaly, red patches, elevated growth with a central depression, wart-like growths, nodules, and open sores. These lesions developing a crusted surface or bleeding is another sign of squamous cell.


How can I protect myself from squamous cell carcinoma?

Of course, daily application of sunscreen is imperative! A broad-spectrum sunscreen, rated at least 30 SPF is best. Limiting sun exposure is another important measure. When spending time in the sunshine, remember to wear sunglasses, wide-brimmed hats, and tightly woven clothing.

Self-skin inspections is an underrated, effective step. On a regular basis, you should examine your skin for unusual changes. Annual skin exams with your dermatologist should not be missed. Be sure to point out any suspicious spots you’ve noticed while you visit your dermatologist.


What are the treatment options?

The size, location, and subtype of squamous cell carcinoma you have may impact the treatment option your dermatologist recommends. Age and general health are also factors taken into consideration when determining treatment. Mohs surgery, electrosurgery, and excisional surgery are the more common treatment options.


Luminary Dermatology boasts three Fellowship-Trained Mohs Micrographic Surgeons (Cary L Dunn, MD, Harib Ezaldein, MD, and Shauntell Solomon, DO). If you are in need of a dermatology provider who will provide you with quality care; Luminary Dermatology is home to the top dermatologists! Next-day appointments are available in many of our locations across greater Sarasota county, South Dade, and now in Edmond, Oklahoma. Remember, early detection could very well save your life.

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