Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common form of skin cancer, affecting the cells in the top layer of the skin. SCC appears as a red, scabby patch on the skin that grows in size, sometimes rapidly. This skin cancer does have a risk of metastasis (spreading internally) and with over 7,000 cases diagnosed each year in the United States, approximately 2,500 people die from this cancer annually. Squamous cell cancer is considered to be the result of frequent and chronic sun exposure and tends to be in the areas of sun-damaged skin.
When diagnosed early, squamous cell carcinomas are curable. SCC can be treated with prescription creams that recognize abnormal skin growth or with a surgical procedure (curettage), if the lesions are superficial. Your provider might also recommend cryosurgery. Treatment of invasive SCC requires surgery, which your provider can perform in our clinic with a local anesthetic. For squamous cell carcinomas that are aggressive or involve a large surface area, Mohs’ micrographic surgery or radiation might be recommended. Our providers work with excellent Mohs’ surgeons and radiologists within our community to coordinate the care and treatment of your skin—from your initial skin biopsy through treatment.