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Signs and Symptoms of Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common type of skin cancer, second to basal cell carcinoma. The other common type of skin cancer is melanoma. Over 700,000 cases of squamous cell carcinoma are diagnosed each year. Squamous cell carcinoma rarely causes serious complications if found and treated early.

If untreated, squamous cell carcinoma can spread to other parts of the body, causing serious problems. We have put together a list of common signs and symptoms of squamous cell carcinoma below:

The Signs and Symptoms of Squamous Cell Carcinoma are as follows:

  • A thick, rough scaly patch on the skin that can bleed if bumped
  • A wart-like growth that crusts over and occasionally bleeds
  • An open sore that does not heal
  • An elevated growth with a depression in the middle that sometimes bleeds
  • An ulcer or a flat, white patch inside your mouth
  • A firm, red nodule that sometimes bleeds

Squamous cell carcinomas may occur anywhere on the body, but usually occur on the sun-exposed areas of the skin such as the face, arms, legs, neck, hands, lips, ears and bald scalp. They may vary in size from a few millimeters to a couple of centimetres. Sometimes they grow to the size of a pea in a few weeks, but usually they grow very slowly over months or years.

The risk factors for squamous cell carcinoma include a history of increased sun exposure, including tanning beds. People with fair skin and blue, green or gray eyes are at an increased risk, as are smokers. A previous history of skin cancer such as a basal cell carcinoma is an increased risk as well, as is increasing age. Squamous cell carcinoma is rarely diagnosed in people under the age of forty-five.

Diagnosis of Squamous Cell Carcinoma

A diagnosis of squamous cell carcinoma is first made through taking a personal history and family history, followed by a skin biopsy.

Books For people With Signs and Symptoms of Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Understanding Squamous Cell Carcinoma: What You Need to Know
Perry Robins; MD
The Skin Cancer Answer: The Natural Treatment for Basal and Sqamous Cell Carcinomas and Keratoses
I. William Lane

Squamous Cell Carcinoma – A Medical Dictionary, Bibliography, and Annotated Research Guide to Internet References
Health Publica Icon Health Publications
21st Century Complete Medical Guide to Skin Cancer (Basal and Squamous Cell Carcinoma) – Authoritative Government Documents and Clinical References … on Diagnosis and Treatment Options
PM Medical Health News

Squamous Cell Carcinoma Resources

General Patient Resources

  • Skin Cancer Foundation

Information on skin cancer from the Skin Cancer Foundation.

  • Derm Net NZ

Authoritative facts about the skin from the New Zealand Dermatological Society.

  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma Info

Information, facts and cure for squamous cell carcinoma.

  • Wellsphere

A discussion on Squamous Cell Carcinoma in a forum with thousands of health experts and people like you. Get answers to your questions, and hear what others think.

Medical Resources

  • Mayo Clinic

Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, treatment, prevention of this common skin cancer.

  • Medicine Net . com

Learn the types of skin cancer (basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma), their causes, symptoms, treatments, and prevention techniques

  • Pub Med Health

Reviews causes, incidence, symptoms, risk factors, treatment, prognosis and complications.

  • Web MD

Tools and resources for squamous cell carcinoma.