Identifying a squamous cell carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinomas are more likely to grow deeper into the layers of the skin, often spreading to other parts of the body. They often require a specialised treatment plan consisting of multiple approaches and various medical interventions.

What does a squamous cell carcinoma look like?

A squamous cell carcinoma can appear in different ways, depending on where it’s situated on the body. Some look like raised warts or firm, red nodules, while others look like open sores or scaly patches. Much like basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas typically form in sun-exposed areas of the body, like the scalp, back of the hands, ears, and lips. Though squamous cell carcinomas are also known to form in less exposed areas, like the inside of the mouth, bottom of the feet, and on and around the genitals.

and a squamous cell carcinoma can aggressively spread to the lymph nodes, distant tissues and organs.

 Medical specialists advise a treatment plan depending on the specific case, and typically conduct one or several of the following procedures:

  • Electrosurgery
  • Mohs surgery
  • Excisional surgery
  • Radiation therapy
  • Photodynamic therapy
  • Cryosurgery
  • Laser surgery
  • Topical medications
  • Oral medication administration