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Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)

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Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is an aggressive skin cancer characterized by nodules and/or red, scaly patches that may form on sun-exposed skin such as the ears, face, lips, and mouth. Though white and/or fair-skinned people are most prone to developing squamous cell carcinoma, people of all skin types must take precaution to limit sun exposure and get screened for any abnormal skin issues. If this type of skin cancer is left untreated, it can spread to other regions of the body. However, squamous cell carcinoma is highly treatable with early detection; curable through minor surgeries and/or alternative treatments. Doctors at Florida Hospital are highly skilled to screen patients experiencing skin issues, will conduct tests to identify whether skin cancer is present, and can determine if a skin condition is squamous cell carcinoma. If an unknown skin condition is causing swelling, breathing ailments, and cardiac issues, call 9-1-1 immediately.       

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Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is a type of skin cancer that can occur on the outside of the body or on skin-like tissue inside the body. It is recognized as the second leading skin cancer, accounting for nearly 20 percent of all skin cancer cases. This skin condition is also referred as nonmelanoma skin cancer, since the gradual effects of the cancer is not as lethal as malignant melanoma. However, several potential risk factors may increase the likelihood that any patient can develop SCC. For the most part, overexposure to the sun’s UVA and UVB rays is viewed as one of the main causes of SCC. Although SCC is more aggressive than basal cell carcinoma, professionals have found this type of skin cancer to be highly treatable. Fortunately, patients diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma may undergo advanced surgery to remove a more serious external and/or internal mass.   

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