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Chicago Medical Dermatology Conditions Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common type of skin cancer. It can appear in many shapes and sizes. The precursor to SCC is an actinic keratosis. SCC's can present as a dome-shaped bump that bleeds, a sores that doesn't heal, a pink plaque with overlying scale (a flat, rough patch). Although SCC can occur anywhere on the skin, it commonly develops on areas that have been exposed to chronic sun: face, ears, lips, back of the hands, arms and legs. Smoking or chewing tobacco can lead to SCC of the mouth and mucous membranes. Finally, SCC can involve the genital region. SCC, if left untreated, can spread to other parts of the body (metastasize)

Surgical excision, topical chemotherapy, Mohs Surgery referral, curettage and cryotherapy. The treatment(s) offered often depend on the location, depth, subtype, and stage of the carcinoma.

To discuss your Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) Chicago condition with a Board Certified Dermatologist please make an online appointment or call (312) 585 7299 today.