Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common form of skin cancer after basal cell carcinoma (BCC).  SCC is more serious than BCC because SCC does have the ability to metastasize, or spread to other areas of the body.  SCC is caused by DNA mutations as a result of chronic sun exposure in susceptible fair-skinned individuals.  SCC can evolve from an untreated actinic keratosis or "pre-cancer".  These "pre-cancers" are usually treated with liquid nitrogen freezing to prevent their development into SCC.  SCCs can appear as raised, rough, scaly growths that bleed or do not heal. Those with fair skin, excessive sun exposure, or weakened immune systems are more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma. A biopsy is needed to confirm the diagnosis before treatment, often surgical, is begun.  As early detection is paramount, it is important to have regular skin exams and bring special attention to any spots that are new, changing or not healing.
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