Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is among the most common forms of skin cancer. SCC develops from the squamous cells that make up the middle and outer layers of the skin.
What Causes Squamous Cell Carcinoma?
Most squamous cell carcinoma develops as a result of prolonged exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV) from either the sun or tanning beds. Sun damage is cumulative over your lifetime.
Where Would I find Squamous Cell Carcinoma in My Body?
Although it can appear anywhere on the body, this type of cancer is most often found in areas commonly exposed to sunlight or other sources of UV light. Some of the most common locations include:
- Lower legs
What does Squamous Cell Carcinoma Look Like?
Squamous cell carcinoma can appear as:
- A firm, red nodule
- A flat sore with scaly crust
- A new sore or raised area on an old scar or ulcer
- A rough, scaly patch that can turn into an open sore
- A red sore inside your mouth or on sun-exposed areas
Am I at Risk of Developing Squamous Cell Carcinoma?
With squamous cell carcinoma there are genetic variables that influence your risk of developing this type of cancer. However, certain factors can also increase your risk of developing a SCC including:
- Excessive sun exposure
- Frequent use of tanning beds
- History of sunburns
- Personal history of precancerous skin lesions
- Weakened immune system
Are You Looking for Treatment or Diagnosis for Squamous Cell Carcinoma?
Early diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer can help prevent dangerous worsening of the condition. If you suspect you’ve developed SCC, put your trust in the hands of our board-certified dermatologists at St. Petersburg Skin and Laser. Call and book a consultation and skin exam to get started.