Pictures of Squamous Cell Carcinoma

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  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma Symptoms

    Squamous Cell Carcinoma Symptoms

    The sun is no friend to your skin. Spending hours soaking up rays can do more than make your skin a few shades darker. It can increase your risk for skin cancer.

    One type of skin cancer—squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)—is most commonly formed on parts of your body exposed to the sun’s rays. Squamous cell carcinoma is more likely to develop on your arms, legs, face, hands, neck, and lips. But, it can also develop inside your mouth or on your genitals.

    Click through this slideshow to learn about SCC and its symptoms.

  • Bowen’s Disease

    Bowen’s Disease

    Bowen’s disease is the earliest form of SCC, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It’s also called squamous cell carcinoma in situ. This pre-cancerous spot typically appears as a flat, reddish, scale-like patch on the skin. This patch is often larger than one inch and grows slowly.

    In about five percent of cases, Bowen’s disease becomes SCC. Bowen’s disease is most common in older white men.

  • Actinic Keratosis

    Actinic Keratosis

    Another kind of discolored, scaly patch on the skin could be a more serious diagnosis. What could seem like a harmless area of discoloration could be pre-cancerous growths called actinic keratosis (AK). AK growths may also itch and burn, or feel painful when rubbed. In some cases, AK causes dry, scaly lips too.

    AK is sometimes mistaken as sun spots or age spots. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 40 to 60 percent of SCC cases begin as these rough, thick growths.

  • A Bump or Lump

    A Bump or Lump

    Don’t mistake a newly risen area of your skin as a mole or harmless cyst. Squamous cell carcinoma can develop an elevated, firm bump or lump that grows, becomes dome-shaped, and may eventually open, bleed, and scab. In some cases, this bump may grow rapidly.

    Other risen areas of skin are less speedy in their development. These bumps may develop on areas of your skin that were once hurt or are scarred from a previous injury.

  • When a Sore Doesn’t Heal

    When a Sore Doesn’t Heal

    People of all ages experience pimples or sores on their bodies from time to time. Most clear up in a few days or a week. However, a sore that doesn’t heal or go away is a potentially bigger problem. Skin cancer prevents your skin from healing, so patches of skin that don’t heal in regular time may be a sign of SCC. These spots typically bleed easily if bumped or rubbed.

     

  • Changes in Existing Spots

    Changes in Existing Spots

    Warts and moles are rarely cause to worry. Most are completely harmless, if not irritating. However, SCC sometimes develops in existing skin lesions, so changes in an existing mole, wart, or skin lesion should warrant a red flag of warning. Be sure to see your doctor for further examination if you notice any changes in existing warts, moles or skin lesions.

  • Long-Term Outlook

    Long-Term Outlook

    The prognosis for SCC depends on a few factors, including:

    • how advanced the cancer was when it was detected
    • the location of the cancer on the body
    • whether or not the cancer has spread

    The sooner SCC is diagnosed, the better. Once found, treatment can begin quickly, which makes a cure more likely.

    Make regular appointments with your doctor for a skin check. Do a self-examine once a month. Ask a partner or use a mirror to check places you can’t see, like your back or top of your head.

  • Avoid a Repeat

    Avoid a Repeat

    Once you’ve had SCC, you’re at higher risk for a recurrence, even if the cancer is removed successfully. Take steps to prevent recurrence and always protect your skin from the sun. Avoid direct exposure to sunlight and wear high-quality sunscreens with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30.

    No amount of time in the sun is too short for sun damage—lather on sunscreen even if you’ll only be in the sun for a few minutes. Wearing sun-reflecting clothing, long shirts, or long pants can prevent sun exposure.

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