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Keratoacanthoma (KA) is a type of skin tumor that typically emerges in skin that has been damaged by the sun. Over the course of a few months, the lesion may develop and grow before eventually shrinking and vanishing completely. It is important to note that KA is a variant of non-melanoma skin cancer and can bear resemblance to a more severe skin condition known as squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Common symptoms of KA include a raised, dome-shaped lesion with a central depression that can appear on various parts of the body such as the face, neck, ears, arms, hands, or legs.

In most instances, KA tends to resolve on its own, although this process can take several months. The appropriate treatment options for keratoacanthoma depend on factors such as the location and size of the lesion, as well as the patient’s medical history. The most frequently employed treatment method involves minor surgery to remove the tumor. Additionally, other treatment approaches include cryosurgery, which involves freezing the lesion, curettage, which entails scraping or burning off the growth, and Mohs micrographic surgery, a procedure used to remove lesions from sensitive areas like the ears, nose, hands, and lips.

The Treatment

The Art of Skin Dermatology provides the following medical skincare services for squamous cell cancer:

  • Simple excision – a minor surgical procedure to remove a benign or malignant growth under local anesthesia
  • Electrodessication (cautery) – a procedure that utilizes a fine wire to transmit heat through a cautery unit to treat benign growths, pre-cancers and superficial skin cancers
  • Cryotherapy (freezing) – a procedure that utilizes liquid nitrogen to treat benign and precancerous growths

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Squamous Cell Carcinoma

An estimated 1.8 million cases of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) are diagnosed in the U.S. each year. Also called “squamous cell cancer,” it’s the most common form of skin cancer, usually found on areas of the body damaged by ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun or tanning beds. However, it may also develop in areas that get little or no sun like the mouth, genitals or anus due to injury or HPV (human papillomavirus) infection.

Whether from sunlight, tanning beds, injury or an HPV infection, squamous cell cancer can show up on the skin as a non-healing sore or area of rough skin. Typically not life-threatening, it tends to grow slowly. Without treatment, it can grow deep and injure nerves, blood vessels and more, and spread to other parts of the body, which can be fatal. Early detection can prevent squamous cell cancer from growing deep into the skin. In fact, when found early, it is highly treatable.

While anyone can develop squamous cell cancer, those with greater risk include people with light skin tone. Individuals who spend significant periods of time in the sun, use or have used tanning beds, or those who take medication to prevent the body from rejecting a transplanted organ are also at greater risk for SCC.

Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of cancer and the most common form of skin cancer. The Skin Cancer Foundation cites an estimated 3.6 million cases of basal cell carcinoma diagnosed in the U.S. each year.

Basal cell carcinoma often appears as a slightly transparent or pink bump or patch on your skin, though it may take other forms. It’s usually found on areas on the body damaged by ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun or tanning beds. All skin types can develop basal cell carcinoma, however, people with light skin that rarely tan and tend to freckle, red or blond hair and light-colored eyes have a greater risk of developing it.

Before basal cell carcinoma develops, people with lighter skin tones often notice signs of sun damage on their skin, such as age spots, patches or discolored skin and deep wrinkles. A slowly growing, non-healing spot that sometimes bleeds can also be a sign of basal cell carcinoma. Early detection is key as most basal cell carcinomas can be treated and cured if treated promptly.

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