COVID-19 UPDATE

Western Skin Institute remains open. 

If you have a fever, cough or feel unwell, please call to cancel your appointment and refer to the Australian Government Department of Health Website:  https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert#symptoms-and-when-to-get-tested

If you do attend, rest assure we adhere to the social distancing rules. We kindly ask that all patients attend their appointment on their own unless accompanying a minor or dependent. 

Waiting room chairs are reduced to very limited numbers to respect the space needed between each individual. 

These measures are designed to protect you and keep you safe.

    Squamous Cell Carcinoma

    Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)

    What is Squamous Cell Carcinoma?

    Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) is an uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells arising from the squamous cells in the epidermis, the skin’s outermost layer. SCC accounts for about 30% of non-melanoma skin cancers. It begins in the upper layer of the epidermis and usually appears where the skin has had most exposure to the sun (head, neck, hands, forearms and lower legs). SCC generally grows quickly over weeks or months.

    Squamous Cell Carcinoma Cymptoms

    Symptoms of SCC may include:

    • thickened red, scaly spot
    • rapidly growing lump
    • looks like a sore that has not healed
    • may be tender to touch
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