Dermatology: Squamous Cell Carcinoma2018-09-21T10:56:42+00:00

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

  • Conditions Treated

    Squamous Cell Carcinoma

  • Treatable Areas

    Any part of the body

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Dr Jennifer Crawley

Consultant Dermatologist
Dermatology Specialist

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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.

Squamous cell carcinoma treatment

Surgery is usually the recommended 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 dermatology treatment you may need.

Talk to us about your options on 020 7935 7990

The best way to figure out whether this is something for you is to give us a call. We can answer any questions you have and help you clarify which dermatology treatment options are best for you.

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