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Squamous cell carcinoma

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* Not a rare disease
Other Names for this Disease
  • Carcinoma, squamous cell
  • Epidermoid carcinoma
  • Squamous cell skin cancer
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Overview


Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common skin cancer. SCC most often affects individuals who are exposed to large amounts of sunlight. It is typically characterized by a red papule or plaque with a scaly or crusted surface; it may be suspected whenever a small, firm reddish-colored skin lesion, growth or bump appears on the skin, but it may also be a flat growth with a curly and crusted surface. Most often these growths are located on the face, ears, neck, hands and/or arms, but they may occur on the lips, mouth, tongue, genitalia or other area. The most common causes of SCC are radiation from the sun and arsenic exposure. With appropriate treatment, it is usually curable.[1]
Last updated: 6/22/2011

References

  1. Carcinoma, Squamous Cell. NORD. April 20, 2008; http://www.rarediseases.org/rare-disease-information/rare-diseases/byID/764/viewAbstract. Accessed 6/22/2011.
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Basic Information

  • DermNet NZ is an online resource about skin diseases developed by the New Zealand Dermatological Society Incorporated. DermNet NZ provides information about this condition.
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