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Squamous Cell Carcinomas

Squamous Cell Carcinomas

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.

The Treatment

Squamous Cell Carcinoma can often be easily treated in the office through various methods such as:

  • Cryosurgery
  • ED+C Procedure
  • Simple excision.

In some cases due to location, we may refer you to an outside specialist to ensure the best care and removal of your skin cancer.


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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.

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