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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.

 

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