Squamous Cell Carcinoma
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What is Squamous Cell Carcinoma?
Squamous cells line many organs including lungs, throat, and thyroid. In the skin, they sit near the surface, protecting the underlying tissue. Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) can develop anywhere there are squamous cells. It is the second most common form of skin cancer. It usually grows slowly, but if not treated, can spread to other parts of the body or grow locally and damage the skin, nerves, and important underlying structures. On the skin, SCCs can present as non-healing sores, boils, red patches, bumps, or growths. You are at much higher risk to develop one if you have had a sunburn, especially a blistering one when you were younger; have fair skin and light eyes; use (or have used) a tanning bed; or have sun-damaged skin. If you notice any spot on your skin that is growing, bleeding, non-healing, or changing in any way, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with one of our expert dermatology providers at your earliest convenience.
How is Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treated at Scottsdale Skin Boutique & Dermatology?
No single treatment works for everyone. Factors such as age, location, severity, previous therapy, and other medical conditions may guide treatment decisions. The expert dermatology providers at Scottsdale Skin Boutique & Dermatology will help you choose which treatments are best for your squamous cell carcinoma as well as review the risks and benefits. Options include:
What Can I Expect after My Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment?
The cure rate and aesthetic results will depend on a variety of factors. Treatment performed, type and size of the squamous cell carcinoma, location on the body, skin elasticity, and sun damage will play a role. Optimal healing may require activity restrictions from 1-3 weeks depending on the site and complexity of the procedure. Swelling, bruising, tenderness, and mild discomfort are normal following treatment and typically resolve within a few days.
Am I a Good Candidate for Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatments?
If you have a squamous cell carcinoma, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with one of our expert dermatology providers to discuss your unique concerns. At Scottsdale Skin Boutique & Dermatology, we will be by your side each step of the way on your skin cancer journey, from diagnosis to treatment to ongoing preventative care.
The expert medical professionals at Scottsdale Skin Boutique & Dermatology are proud to offer comprehensive, personalized treatments for a variety of medical, surgical, and aesthetic dermatologic concerns. Please contact us to schedule your appointment today at 480-998-1400. We look forward to demonstrating our commitment to your care.