What is Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma?
Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma is the second most common cancer.
Squamous cell carcinoma is diagnosed with a biopsy. A biopsy is a sample of tissue that is removed from a patient. The sample is taken with a needle, scalpel, or during surgery. Next, it is tested in a lab to see if cancer cells are present.
You should see your doctor if you have any new or changing marks on your skin. Be aware of any lumps, growths, moles, or other abnormal areas on your skin. Watch for new spots or areas that are changing. This can include skin marks that grow larger, bleed, crust, or itch.
Early diagnosis and treatment is important to prevent the cancer from spreading. Your healthcare provider may recommend you do a skin self-exam once a month or more.
The known risk factors for Squamous Cell Carcinoma include:
* Exposure to UV rays. Like many other types of skin cancer, the risk of CSCC is higher in people who have been exposed to a lot of UV (ultraviolet) rays from the sun or from other sources like tanning beds. People who are treated for psoriasis with UV rays may also have a higher risk.
* Weakened immune system. People with weakened immune systems are at higher risk for this cancer. This can include people who have had an organ transplant or are receiving chronic immunosuppressive treatment for autoimmune diseases or cancer.
* Light-colored skin. People with lighter skin are at higher risk.
* Older age. People older than 50 are more likely to get this cancer.
SCC is believed to be caused by damage from ultraviolet radiation (UVR) from the sun or
Treatment options can include surgery, radiation or medical therapy.
Following staging, treatment is often done with more than 1 method. Treatment methods include:
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