Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (also referred to as SCC) is a type of malignant tumour caused by the keratinising cells of the epidermis. The second most common form of skin cancer in the UK, it’s locally invasive and has the potential to spread throughout the body if not treated. Typically, it presents itself as a scaly nodule or crusted tumour that may appear ulcerated.

The most effective treatment for Squamous Cell Carcinoma is surgical excision; Treatment is usually performed under local anaesthetic and on an outpatient basis. Various plastic surgical techniques are used to reconstruct the defect created by removing the disease, and to restore the appearance of the area, especially if this is on the face.

SCC usually remains on the top layer of skin for some time, however, the bigger these tumours grow, the more extensive the treatment will likely be. They eventually penetrate the underlying tissues, which can lead to physical disfigurement, and spread, so it’s vital to have such skin conditions checked and treated as soon as possible.

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