Squamous cell is the second most common skin cancer.  This tumor usually appears as a red, crusty nodule or as a red, scaly patch on the skin.  It is typically found on sun exposed areas such as the face, rim of the ear, lip, neck, or extremities. Sometimes, an actinic keratosis (pre-cancer) is the earliest sign of a squamous cell carcinoma.  If caught early, squamous cell carcinoma is typically curable.  Left untreated, squamous cell cancer can metastasize.

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Our dermatologists specialize in the prevention, detection, and treatment of skin cancer.  We recommend a yearly skin exam for most patients and more frequent skin cancer screening for those patients with risk factors or a history of skin cancer.

Visit our patient education library to learn more about squamous cell carcinoma