The stages of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) are restricted to Stage 1 and 2 due to this type of skin cancer exhibiting nonmelanoma characteristics. However, the most lethal skin cancer, malignant melanoma, can penetrate the skin’s pigment to invade nearby skin tissue, organs, lymph nodes, and enter the bloodstream to transfer cancer cells into the bones and in vital organs. This skin cancer (malignant melanoma) accounts for a low percentage of skin cancers, but has a greater risk of causing debilitating medical issues and/or death.
The stages of SCC are determined by measuring the size of tumors, nodules, lesions, red patches, warts, and sores in and around affected regions. SCC is not recognized as a lethal skin cancer such as malignant melanoma, although precautions must be taken during the early stages to prevent a more serious health condition. The stage will determine treatment.