What does squamous cell carcinoma look like?

Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common type of skin cancer. It forms in the squamous cells, which are found in the epidermis, the topmost layers of the skin. It occurs when squamous cells begin to grow uncontrollably. In most cases, this is caused by repeated exposure to UV rays over time. Squamous cell carcinoma usually first appears as a red, scaly plaque of skin or as a hard domed bump. Both varieties typically feel rough and crusty and can bleed when scraped.  Below as some skin cancer pictures to help you know what to look out for.

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Symptoms of Squamous Cell Carcinoma:

As stated, Squamous cell carcinoma usually first appears as a red, scaly plaque of skin or as a hard domed bump. Growths may also be pink and dry and may itch or burn. The cancer usually shows up on areas of the skin that are exposed to the sun, such as the face, ears, lips, arms, legs and tops of hands, but it can also more rarely appear on areas not exposed to the sun including the lower lip, genitals, in the lining of organs and the passages of the respiratory and digestive tracts.

Squamous cell carcinoma usually develops slowly but can spread to the lymph nodes and other organs if left untreated. If caught early though, it is highly treatable.

A doctor will diagnose squamous cell carcinoma with a biopsy. Treatment of cancer will then vary depending on location, size, severity, how far it has spread and the health of the patient.

Here are some examples of what squamous cell carcinoma pictures look like:



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