Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Squamous cell carcinoma is a non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC), and the second most common type of skin cancer in the UK. NMSC accounts for 20% of all cancers and 90% of all skin cancers. Squamous cell carcinoma accounts for 23% of all non-melanoma skin cancers.
The most important cause of squamous cell carcinoma is too much exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun or other sources. Risk factors include pale skin and past history of skin cancer. Areas exposed to the sun are the areas most commonly affected.
A skin biopsy can help to confirm the diagnosis.
The vast majority of squamous cell carcinomas are low-risk skin cancers and we can cure them. A small number can recur locally and/or spread (metastasise) to the lymph nodes or to other parts of the body.
Squamous cell carcinoma treatment
Surgery is usually the recommended medical dermatology treatment. Treatment of areas of scaly sun damage (actinic keratosis and Bowen’s disease) may reduce your risk of a squamous cell carcinoma.
Contact us for a squamous cell carcinoma treatment
During your appointment at Clinica London we’ll perform a full and thorough history. In addition, we’ll perform a detailed examination of your lesion. Sometimes we’ll need to examine the lesion by dermatoscopy.
As part of the investigation and management, the worrisome lesion will need a skin biopsy or skin excision. We perform this in the minor procedure room at Clinica London. The procedure involves injecting a local anaesthetic to the area and removing or sampling the area. We then send this to the histopathology laboratory for analysis. We would then bring you back to discuss all the results and what medical dermatology treatment you may need.