Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common skin cancer affecting predominantly fairer skinned individuals over the age of 40. Unfortunately, squamous cell carcinoma can metastasize if left untreated especially if located on the lips, ears and nose or occurring within scars. The cause of squamous cell carcinoma of the skin has been shown to be driven by sun exposure.
Common to almost all squamous cell carcinomas is their rough texture. Patients often report that they are sensitive or “touchy” and can grow rather quickly depending on the subtype. They can present as rough, scaly plaques that look like eczema or behave and look like a pesky wart or even form a horn. Common areas are sun exposed places such as the arms, legs, face, scalp and hands as well as ears and lips.
Squamous cell carcinomas can be treated in various ways depending on the depth, size, growth type as well as location. For small superficial lesions, topical immune based therapies can be used vs curettage or excision. While lesions that are deeper, aggressive, large or involving sensitive locations such as the head and neck are treated with Mohs micrographic surgery. Dr. Nash offers Mohs micrographic surgery in addition to general surgery, immunomodulation and curettage depending on your tumor’s characteristics.
- Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common skin cancer
- It can grow quickly and metastasize if left untreated
- Dr. Nash offers a variety of treatments including Mohs micrographic surgery