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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