Squamous cell skin cancer (carcinoma) is a common type of skin cancer. It most often appears on the head, face, or neck.
This cancer is almost always cured when it is found early and treated. If not treated, it may grow and spread (metastasize).
This skin cancer is usually caused by too much sun. Using tanning beds or sunlamps can also cause it.
Signs of squamous cell carcinoma include:
Your doctor will want to remove all of the cancer. There are several ways to remove it. It depends on how big it is, where it is on your body, and your age and overall health. Treatment options include:
Other treatment options include chemotherapy cream and laser surgery.
If your doctor removes the cancer, he or she will send it to a lab. The lab will make sure all the cancer was removed. If cancer is still there, you will need more treatment.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology
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