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The squamous cells are in the middle and upper layers of the skin and can be affected by exposure to UV light. Sun exposure, tanning beds and tanning lamps are the main sources of UV light that can mutate the squamous skin cells, leading to squamous cell carcinoma. Like all types of cancer, squamous cell carcinoma treatment is the most effective in the early stages to help prevent the spread of this disease. At Precision Medical Specialists, we offer diagnosis and treatment of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) at our medical center in Wellington, FL.

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SCC Warning Signs and Symptoms

Sun-damaged skin is more prone to SCC growths. The scalp, ears, face, hands, chest and arms are all more likely to develop SCC, but these growths can occur in areas that do not see sun, like inside the mouth or the bottom of the feet. Some of the warning signs of SCC include:

  • Sores that do not heal (may have raised edges)
  • Scaly patch of skin (may be reddish in color)
  • Rough, raised growth (like a wart)
  • Firm, rounded growth
  • A horned-shaped growth on skin
  • Hard, red nodule

Any new skin growth or sore that appears on the skin and does not go away should be examined by a dermatologist. Dr. Katherine Chiang at Precision Medical Specialists is a board certified dermatologist and a skin cancer expert. If you have a concerning skin growth that has symptoms of squamous cell carcinoma or any other type of skin cancer, she can provide an accurate diagnosis and squamous cell carcinoma treatment if you have the disease.

With early detection of squamous cell carcinoma, treatment can be very effective. In early stages of smaller SCC growths, surgical removal is the least invasive and most effective option. Our surgical team at Precision Medical Specialists prefers ED&C (electrodessication and curettage) for many skin cancer removal surgeries. Each patient receives a personalized treatment plan based on their specific type of cancer and medical workup.

A squamous cell carcinoma diagnosis can be frightening but if detected early, there are effective SCC treatments. If you have symptoms or early warning signs of SCC, contact our medical team at Precision Medical Specialists in Wellington, FL, to schedule an examination for diagnosis of your skin growth with Dr. Chiang.

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