Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinomas can occur on any part of your body, but are most common on areas that are exposed to the sun, such as your head, face & neck.

Squamous cell carcinomas appear where the skin has been damaged by radiation, and also on old scars, ulcers, burns and chronic wounds.

Fair skin individuals are more likely to get squamous cell cancers than darker skin people.

Anyone who has had a lot of ultraviolet light treatment for skin conditions such as psoriasis will also be at increased risk of getting a squamous cell carcinomas.

What does a squamous cell carcinoma look like?

A squamous cell carcinoma appears as crusty area of skin, with an  inflamed base.

How will my squamous cell carcinoma be diagnosed?

A small area of affected skin lesion (an incision biopsy) or all of the lesion (an excision biopsy) may be cut out and examined under the microscope. You will be given a local anaesthetic injection before to numb the skin.

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