Squamous cell carcinoma is a common form of skin cancer that develops in the squamous cells that make up the middle and outer layers of the skin. This cancer is usually not life-threatening, though it can be aggressive and fatal in rare cases. If left untreated, squamous cell carcinoma can grow larger and spread to other parts of your body, causing serious complications.
Most squamous cell carcinomas are the result of prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, either from sunlight or from tanning beds or lamps. Avoiding UV light helps to reduce your risk of squamous cell carcinoma and other forms of skin cancer.
Squamous cells are found in many places in your body, and squamous cell carcinoma can occur anywhere squamous cells are found. After confirming the diagnosis with a skin biopsy, Dr. Blattner can discuss your best treatment options with you, and together you can develop a treatment plan.