Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

At Good Samaritan Medical & Dental, we are committed to your health and well-being, providing comprehensive care for squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). We look after your individual needs and provide the necessary information to help you make informed decisions about your care.

What are Squamous Cell Carcinomas?

SCC is a type of skin cancer that originates in the squamous cells, which are flat cells found in the epidermis, the outermost layer of the skin. These cells are essential for the skin’s structure and function. SCC develops when these cells undergo abnormal changes, leading to uncontrolled growth and the formation of growths.


Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun and artificial sources like tanning beds is a primary cause of SCC. Other risk factors include a history of excessive sun exposure, a weakened immune system, fair skin, scarring, and human papillomavirus infection (HPV).

Warning Signs

Squamous cell carcinoma can present with various signs and symptoms, including:

  • Persistent firm and scaly patches
  • Elevated growths
  • Open sores that do not heal or heal and then reopen
  • Changes in existing moles or lesions
  • Rough sores in the mouth
  • Wartlike sores on genitals or anus

If you notice any of these symptoms, it is imperative to seek medical advice promptly. Early detection and intervention are crucial in managing SCC effectively.


The diagnosis of SCC involves a medical history review, skin examination, and skin biopsy. During a biopsy, a small tissue sample is taken from the affected area and examined under a microscope to confirm the presence of cancerous cells. 

Available Treatment Options

Treatment for SCC depends on the size, location, and stage of the cancer. Options include:

  • Surgical excision: Surgically removing the tumour and surrounding healthy tissue.
  • Mohs surgery: Removing thin layers of cancer-containing skin and examining them under a microscope until no abnormal cells remain.
  • Radiation therapy: Using targeted radiation to destroy cancer cells.
  • Topical medications: Prescription creams or gels for early-stage SCC.
  • Cryotherapy: Freezing cancer cells with liquid nitrogen.

At Good Samaritan Medical & Dental, our dedicated medical professionals are experienced in diagnosing and treating squamous cell carcinoma.  

If you suspect any skin irregularities or need a professional evaluation, please do not hesitate to contact us. Your well-being is our priority, and early detection combined with prompt medical attention can significantly improve your treatment outcomes.

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