What is Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)?
Squamous cell carcinoma refers to an abnormal growth of cells within the upper layers of the epidermis, or skin. While SCC is the second most common form of skin cancer, it is not something to be overly concerned about. If squamous cell carcinomas are detected early, they can easily be removed. If you think you may have SCC, call Coastal Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Center in Los Alamitos, CA, today to get a consultation.
It’s important to act quickly when a squamous cell carcinoma is detected. Leaving it untreated can lead to further skin damage which may be permanent. Squamous cell carcinomas can become more serious if they begin to affect lymph nodes, organs or tissues.
What causes Squamous cell carcinoma?
Squamous cell carcinomas can occur on any part of the body and are caused by exposure to ultraviolet light. For this reason, body distribution of SCC is usually most prevalent in the areas of skin that have been exposed to the sun, including the neck, legs, arms and hands, as well as the ears, lower lips, scalp, and face.
What are the treatment options for Squamous cell carcinoma?
There are many different treatment options for SCC. Some of the options include surgery, such as excisional surgery, where an expert physician will use a scalpel to remove the growth and an area of skin around it. There is also Mohs micrographic surgery, where the squamous cell carcinoma is removed along with a thin layer of tissue.
Alternatively, there is electrosurgery, where a curette is used to first remove the growth, and then an electrocautery needle produces enough heat to destroy any traces of the tumor and stop any bleeding. Cryosurgery, on the other hand, involves the SCC being frozen, after which it should fall off naturally within a couple of weeks. In terms of non-surgical options, there is radiation treatment, photodynamic therapy and topical medications that may be able to help.
If you’re interested in treatment for squamous cell carcinoma, contact us here at Coastal Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Center. We’re located in Los Alamitos, CA, and have been helping people to feel healthier and happier for many years now. Get in touch with us today to hear about the treatments we offer for squamous cell carcinoma or browse our website to read testimonials from our satisfied customers.