Often, squamous cell carcinoma is avoidable if you steer clear of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. Those with fair skin or use tanning beds are at a greater risk for developing this form of skin cancer. Although preventable through the use of sunscreen and protective measures, this type of cancer affects many people and should not be left untreated.
What Is Squamous Cell Carcinoma?
Squamous cell carcinoma is a cancer of the skin cells in the top layers of the skin. Changes in skin cell DNA is often caused by ultraviolet (UV) light. These changes result in a disruption of the skin’s natural growth cycle, causing new cells to multiply beyond normality.
What Are The Symptoms?
The cause of squamous cell carcinoma is most often sun exposure, so those areas that see the most sunlight are those most often affected. However, UV rays not the only factor for the development of this form of cancer. Other factors can include genetic makeup and environmental conditions.
Identifying Squamous Cell Carcinoma
A squamous cell carcinoma frequently resembles that of a red, scaly patch or raised nodule on the skin. These sores or patches may look like ordinary blemishes, but they typically do not go away after a few months. If you suspect you have such a blemish, contact Derm.ca Dermatology & Esthetics to have it examined.
What Happens If Squamous Cell Carcinoma Is Left Untreated?
If left untreated, squamous cell carcinoma can become aggressive and damage surrounding skin. It can also spread to nearby tissue and organs.
How is it Treated?
Before treating squamous cell carcinoma, a dermatologist at Derm.ca Dermatology & Esthetics will perform a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis. If the diagnosis is confirmed as squamous cell carcinoma, we will help determine the appropriate treatment approach based on your medical needs.
The preferred surgical method is Mohs’ micrographic surgery. During this procedure, the dermatologist examines the tissue as it is removed to ensure all the cancer is removed. This ensures no cancer cells will remain to multiply into a new sore.
Contact us at Derm.ca Dermatology & Esthetics to schedule a consultation and start your path to a happier, healthier quality of life.