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Squamous Cell Carcinoma

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What is Squamous Cell Carcinoma?

Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common, and second most dangerous, form of skin cancer.

Who Is a Candidate for Squamous Cell Carcinoma?

Squamous cell carcinoma commonly presents as a red, scaling, thickened patch on sun-exposed skin although can also present as firm hard, dome-shaped nodules. Ulceration and bleeding may occur and if left untreated squamous cell carcinoma may develop into a large mass which can also metastasize and lead to death.

Squamous cell carcinoma normally occurs in areas of the skin with chronic sun exposure including the tip of the nose, shoulders and top of the head. Although the rate of metastasis (spread to other areas) is low and normally takes a number of years to occur, metastasis from the lips and ears has been found to happen at a higher rate.

Squamous cell carcinoma is more common in men, people over age 50, and in fair skinned individuals.

Treatments Available

The size, depth and location of the cancer determine the method of treatment which may include curettage, electrodessication, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Contact Dr. Jessica Krant for a consultation and treatment recommendations for squamous cell carcinoma. Dr. Krant is a board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side.