Squamous cell carcinoma
* Not a rare disease
Other Names for this Disease
- Carcinoma, squamous cell
- Epidermoid carcinoma
- Squamous cell skin cancer
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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.
Last updated: 6/22/2011
- Carcinoma, Squamous Cell. NORD. April 20, 2008; http://www.rarediseases.org/rare-disease-information/rare-diseases/byID/764/viewAbstract. Accessed 6/22/2011.
- The American Cancer Society provides information on Squamous cell carcinoma. Please click on the link to access this resource.
- DermNet NZ is an online resource about skin diseases developed by the New Zealand Dermatological Society Incorporated. DermNet NZ provides information about this condition.
- MedlinePlus was designed by the National Library of Medicine to help you research your health questions, and it provides more information about this topic.
- The Merck Manuals Online Medical Library provides information on this condition for patients and caregivers.
- The National Cancer Institute provides the most current information on cancer for patients, health professionals, and the general public.
Genetics of Skin Cancer–for health professionals (PDQ®)
Skin Cancer Treatment–for health professionals (PDQ®)
- The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) has a report for patients and families about this condition. NORD is a patient advocacy organization for individuals with rare diseases and the organizations that serve them.
- PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Squamous cell carcinoma. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.