Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma

  • About – Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common form of skin cancer. It is important that SCCs are detected early as the chance of cure is much greater.
  • Treatments – Depending on the type of Squamous cell carcinoma, treatments include surgical excision, Mohs surgery, and very occasionally curettage
  • Self help – Avoiding the sun reduces the risk of squamous cell carcinoma
  • Next step – If you have been diagnosed with a squamous cell carcinoma or are worried about a skin lesion, then please contact us to arrange to see one of our skin cancer specialist Dermatologist

What is a squamous cell carcinoma?

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common form of skin cancer. It arises because of excessive sun exposure over time. The majority of SCCs can be cured by surgical excision. It is important that SCCs are detected early as the chance of cure is much greater.

What do SCCs look like?

SCCs have two different appearances:

  • Nodules They grow as pink or red lumps, which are sometimes scaly or have a plug in their centre.
  • Ulcers Other SCCs cause the skin to break down and form ulcers. SCC should be considered in any form of non healing ulcer.

Do SCCs spread?

A small number of SCCs may recur in the original area, or in the nearby lymph nodes. Regular checkups are required for those individuals who have been diagnosed with an SCC that is at high risk of recurring.

How are SCCs treated?

The main treatment for SCCs is to excise them, usually under local anaesthetic. A small number of SCCs may be treated by irradiation.

SCC diagnosis and treatment at Belgravia Dermatology

  • Detailed consultation and skin analysis by a Dermatologist including a full head to toe skin check assessing all lesions with Dermoscopy
  • Diagnosis of suspected SCCs either by clinical assessment or by skin biopsy
  • Surgical excision – conventionally or by Mohs surgery

What should I do next?

If you are worried about a possible SCC or have had a recent SCC diagnosis and would like to explore treatment options, then please arrange to see one of our Dermatologists who will be happy to help.

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