Skin Cancer Series: Squamos Cell Carcinoma

One of the most common types of skin cancer is Squamos cell carcinoma. It’s commonly referred to as non-melanoma skin cancer. This is typically found on parts of the skin that get frequent sun exposure such as the rim of the ear, face, neck, arms, chest and back. It can grow deep in the skin and cause damage and disfigurement. Risk factors for SCC include:
People who have light skin but it can develop in darker-skinned people
  • Develops after years of frequent sun exposure or indoor tanning 
  • People who use tanning beds have a much higher risk of getting SCC. They also tend to get SCC earlier in life 
  • This type of skin cancer looks like a red firm bump, scaly patch, or a sore that heals and then re-opens. 
As 1 in 5 Americans get skin cancer, no one is immune to this deadly disease. The easiest way to treat skin cancer is to prevent it. Take precautions such as:
  • Wear sunscreen
  • Cover up exposed skin 
  • If your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade
  • Use extra caution near water, sand or snow as they reflect and intensify the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chances of sunburn
  • You should be aware of new or changing spots on your skin and be aware of new moles or moles that itch, bleed, or change color. See a dermatologist if you have any of these symptoms. Early detection can save your life.
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