Squamous cell carcinoma is found in the upper, surface layers of the skin epidermis and it the most commonly lethal form of skin cancer. It can develop anywhere, including the inside of the mouth and the genitals, but is most frequently seen on the scalp, face, ears and the back of the hands. It can develop from actinic keratosis spots, which are scaly precancerous lesions.
How To Detect Squamous Cell Carcinoma?
- This form of cancer can look like a crusted or scaly patch of skin with an inflamed, red base. It is often tender to the touch.
- Squamous cell carcinoma must be diagnosed by a dermatologist with a biopsy.
How To Prevent Squamous Cell Carcinoma?
- Stay out of the sun during peak hours (10am to 4pm), cover the body with protective clothing, especially the arms and the legs, and wear a hat and sunglasses.
- Wear sunscreen year round with a high SPF. Look for products that use the term “broad spectrum” that work against both UVA and UVB rays.
- Self-check skin monthly and contact your dermatologist if there are any changes.
- Schedule regular skin examinations. Anyone with a family history of skin cancer, a history of blistering sunburns, an incidence of 25 moles or more on the body or who are on medications that can compromise the immune system, should have an annual eye exam and appointment with a dermatologist.
- Maintain a regular antioxidant treatment such as serums, creams and pills that work to combat free radical damage in skin.
Common Treatments for Squamous Cell Carcinoma
At Kline Dermatology, we offer treatments to cure the Squamous cell carcinoma cancer. Following are some of the treatments available:
- Mohs surgery