Squamous Cell Carcinoma Chicago
What is Squamous Cell Carcinoma?
Squamous Cell Carcinoma is a common, uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells that can often resemble scaly, red patches, open sores, or growths. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, about 700,000 new cases of this skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year. This type of skin cancer can be found on all areas of the body, but is commonly found in sun exposed areas.
What causes Squamous Cell Carcinoma?
Squamous Cell Carcinoma is caused by the accumulation of sun damage over the course of one’s lifetime. Limiting sun exposure, applying sunblock when exposed, and wearing protective hats and UV protective clothing and avoiding tanning beds can help reduce common risk factors. It is also important to get a skin exam once a year to analyze if there is anything new or changing on the skin.
How can I treat Squamous Cell Carcinoma?
Squamous Cell Carinoma can be treated in a variety of ways depending on its size, where it is located on the body, and depth among other factors. Below are some of the ways this type of skin cancer might be treated:
- MOHs Micrographic Surgery
- Excisional Surgery
- Curretage and Electrosurgery
- Topical Therapy