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Squamous Cell Cancer (SCC)

Squamous Cell Cancer accounts for about 16% of all skin cancers.  Although most cutaneous SCC’s are treatable, a small percentage of these cancers can metastasize and lead to death.  Again, as with BCC’s, there are many different clinical morphologies of SCC’s including a red scaly patch, a warty growth, an ulcerated plaque, and others.

In addition to the various skin cancer risk factors stated above, SCC’s can also arise in areas of chronic inflammation and trauma and in burn scars. Additionally, SCC’s can be induced by certain HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) (wart) subtypes.

Treatment – Again, as with BCC’s, treatment of a SCC is usually surgical but can occasionally be treated with topical or intralesional medication or cryotherapy.