Learning about skin cancer can no doubt be scary, but thankfully, there are a number of highly effective treatments available today. However, when it comes to squamous cell carcinoma, understanding it gives you a better opportunity to detect and treat it early!
Use our squamous cell carcinoma guide below, which covers what this type of cancer is, how it spreads, what it looks like, and how our expert team of board-certified dermatologists treat squamous cell carcinoma at Brentwood Dermatology.
What is Squamous Cell Carcinoma Skin Cancer?
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common type of skin cancer, with over one million new cases diagnosed each year in the United States alone. Squamous cell carcinoma develops in the squamous cells, which are found in the skin’s uppermost layer, otherwise known as the epidermis layer.
Like all other forms of skin cancer, such as melanoma and basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma is primarily caused by unprotected and excessive exposure to UV rays. Whether it be ultraviolet rays from the sun or tanning beds, this exposure causes cell DNA damage over time, which leads to cell mutations in the squamous cells. When cells mutate, they begin to replicate out of control, causing SCC.
FAQs about Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Photos of Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Do you believe a new spot may be squamous cell carcinoma? To help you better identify and detect SCC, take a look at the visuals below of what this skin cancer may look like.
Find a Diagnosis of Squamous Cell Carcinoma at Brentwood Dermatology
Are you interested in learning more about squamous cell carcinoma or have a suspicious spot and need to schedule a thorough skin evaluation? The expert team of board-certified dermatologists at Brentwood Dermatology are here to help. Schedule an appointment online or give us a call today at 615-377-3448.