Squamous Cell Carcinoma

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Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) Skin Cancer Treatment

Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common type of skin cancer- basal cell carcinoma being the first.  It is also usually caused by damage from chronic UV rays.  SCC can be slow growing like basal cell carcinoma, or it sometimes can appear out of the blue.  SCC can spread to other tissues, bones, and lymph nodes.  Early detection of squamous cell carcinoma is important.

If you notice sores or scabs that won’t heal, or a flat patch of scaly skin that doesn’t go away, call Mountain Pine Dermatology located in Meridian, ID at 208-898-7467 for a consultation.  Our dermatologists serve the Meridian area with integrity and compassion.  We are dedicated to finding the best treatment for your case. We serve the surrounding areas including Boise, Eagle, and Nampa.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma Removal with Mohs Surgery

After your consultation our dermatologists will propose the best treatment for your case.  SCC caught early may only need topical chemotherapy or electrodessication and curettage (ED&C).  More invasive squamous cell carcinoma will require surgical excision or Mohs micrographic surgery.


Risk Factors

 
  • Older age
  • Fair skin
  • A lot of time spent in the sun.
  • Repeated exposure to radiation
  • Family History of SCC
  • People with weakened immune systems

Prevention
  • Wear sunscreen year round.
  • Don’t stay out in sun too long
  • Wear protective clothing
  • Avoid tanning beds
  • Check your skin regularly, especially if you have family history of SCC.  Call your doctor with any changes to your skin.

Although squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) can occur anywhere, it most often occurs on areas highly exposed to the sun such as your scalp, the backs of your hands, your ears, or your lips.  Treatment, especially when detected early, is highly effective in curing SCC.

Call Mountain Pine Dermatology at 208-898-7467 for dermatology services in Meridian, Boise, Nampa, Eagle, and all surrounding areas.  Our team will spend quality time with you to determine the nature of your sores and the most effective treatment. We are patient advocates, always advising what is in YOUR best interest.  If you suspect anything, call today!

 

Call us at 208-898-7467

to schedule your consultation at an office near you. Besides our main office in Meridian, we have offices in Emmett, Caldwell, Mountain Home, and Baker City, OR.
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