Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common skin cancer in humans. Over 700,000 new cases of this skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year.

SCC tends to develop on skin that has been exposed to the sun for years.  It is most frequently seen on sun-exposed areas, such as the head, neck, and back of the hands. However, it can occur on any part of the body including the inside of the mouth, lips, and genitals. Women frequently get SCC on their lower legs.

People who use tanning beds have a much higher risk of getting SCC and tend to get skin cancers earlier in life.

SCC can spread to other parts of the body but with early diagnosis and treatment, a cure is likely.

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