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.



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