Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Squamous cell carcinoma, called SCC, develops in the epidermis — the outer layer of the skin. It’s one of the most common types of skin cancer and results from abnormal growth of the flat, squamous cells.
Squamous cell carcinoma, called SCC, develops in the epidermis — the outer layer of the skin. It’s one of the most common types of skin cancer and results from abnormal growth of the flat, squamous cells. It’s a non-melanoma skin cancer, but sometimes spreads to lymph nodes and organs inside the body. That’s why early screening and diagnosis are vital.
The number of cases of squamous cell cancer has been increasing for several years. As a rule, men are about three times more likely than women to develop squamous cell cancers. SCC usually appears on the head, face, neck, hands and arms — areas mainly exposed to the sun. Unlike basal cell skin cancer, SCC is linked to chronic, long-term sun exposure.
Keep in mind that there's mounting evidence of a link between tanning bed use and all skin cancers. A recent study found that using an indoor tanning bed was associated with more than a 100 percent increase in the risk of squamous cell carcinoma. In the past 30 years, the squamous cell carcinoma rate for women has increased significantly. It’s important to note that seventy one percent of tanning salon patrons are girls and women, ages 16 to 29.
Regularly checking your skin for suspicious changes can help detect squamous cell skin cancer in its earliest stages and gives the greatest chance for successful skin cancer treatment. It’s important to contact your healthcare provider right away, if any suspicious changes are found.