Skin cancer of the squamous cells

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

One type of skin cancer is squamous cell carcinoma. It is also called SCC. This kind of cancer starts in the squamous cells in the top layers of the skin. You develop abnormal skin cells. These grow quickly and out of control. Often, there is a sore or a crusty area of skin. Ultraviolet rays from the sun or tanning beds is often the cause. Skin cancer is most common in people with fair skin. It often grows on the head, neck, and areas of your skin that are exposed to the sun. This kind of skin cancer may also spread to other parts of the body like the fatty tissues under the skin or to the lymph nodes. Finding cancer early makes it easier to treat. Skin cancer is treated in many ways. Your doctor will base your treatment on the size and type of your cancer. Where it is located and how deep the cancer is will also guide your treatment. You may need to have surgery, radiation, or drugs called chemo.