With more than 700,000 new cases diagnosed per year, this makes squamous cell carcinoma the second most common skin cancer. SCC is at least twice as more frequent in men than in women. This form of skin cancer may grow more rapidly than BCC. It rarely spreads throughout the body.
SCCs usually form a reddish/pink lump or warty type growth that can quickly grow and occasionally crust, bleed or ulcerate. They typically occur in sun exposed areas (face, ears, scalp, lips and back of hands).
Those people whose immune systems are suppressed due to organ transplants, medications or other medical reasons, have a higher risk for squamous cell carcinoma. Thorough skin checks and early intervention are critical for those patients.
If you think you might be suffering from squamous cell carcinoma, contact the Skin & Vein Center today to get the help you need.