Squamous cell skin cancer is 95% curable....
if caught early.
If Squamous cell skin cancer is left untreated, it can be highly disfiguring or worse - Deadly.
Like all the other
Non-melanoma skin cancers
- it is highly curable - But as stated, only if diagnosed early.
You just have to know, what to look out for and your treatment options.
Squamous cell carcinomas typically appear as:
- A persistent, thick, rough, scaly red patch with irregular borders
- A wart-like growth that crusts and occasionally bleeds
They sometimes appear as:
- Open sores with a raised border with a crusty surface and persist for weeks.
- They just don't heal. If they do heal up - they return again and again.
- A growth of this type may rapidly increase in size
It is often difficult to distinguish these lesions from AKs, basal cells or any other benign mole or age spot. If you are concerned about anything on your body seek your doctor’s advice. It's always better to be safe than sorry.
Diagnosis and stages of skin cancer:
Diagnosis by a trained dermatologist is needed for all skin cancers.
The only way to know if a growth or tumor is cancerous is to do a biopsy.
If squamous cell skin cancer has been diagnosed, tests are done to find out if cancer cells have spread within the skin or to other parts of the body. At this time, your dermatologist will explain your prognosis and determine the course of action to take.
The method used to find out if cancer has spread within the skin or to other parts of the body is called
It is important to know the stage in order to your plan treatment. A biopsy is often the only test needed to determine the stage of non-melanoma skin cancer.
Lymph nodes may be examined in cases of squamous skin cancer to see if it has spread into them.
Treatment options for Squamous cell carcinoma:
Your dermatologist should discuss with you the treatment options based on location, size and characteristics of your tumor.
Most procedures are similar to those described for the
treatment of basal cell carcinoma.
However, one big difference between the removal of a Squamous and Basal Cell tumor is - The removal of a squamous cell tumor will leave a scar.
They are almost always much larger under the surface of the skin than they appear - hence a much bigger hole to heal.
You can seek skin cancer reconstructive surgery from a qualified surgeon.
If you are diagnosed with and have squamous skin cancer removed, it is recommended you see your dermatologist every three months for at least the first year to eighteen months and then every six months for life. You will get to know your dermatologist very well.
Your dermatologist will sometimes take photos of your skin and any suspicious lesions or moles and keep them in your file. He/she can use these as a comparison for any changes in the future.
Squamous cell carcinomas tend to be more aggressive than basal cell cancers. They are more likely to invade fatty tissues just beneath the skin and to spread to lymph nodes and/or distant parts of the body, although this is still uncommon.
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