Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is another common type of skin cancer that typically arises in areas exposed to sunlight but can also develop on other parts of the body. It originates from the squamous cells, which are thin, flat cells found in the epidermis, the outermost layer of the skin. SCC often appears as a scaly, red, or crusty patch of skin or as a raised bump with a central depression. Unlike basal cell carcinoma, SCC can grow more quickly and has a slightly higher potential to spread to nearby lymph nodes if left untreated. Early detection and prompt treatment are essential to prevent further complications. Treatment options for SCC may include surgical removal, radiation therapy, or in some cases, topical medications. Protecting your skin from excessive sun exposure and regularly checking for any unusual skin changes are important steps in reducing the risk of squamous cell carcinoma.
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