Squamous cell carcinoma
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Squamous cell carcinoma: Overview
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is a common skin cancer in humans. About 700,000 new cases of this skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year.
This skin cancer tends to develop on skin that has been exposed to the sun for years. It is most frequently seen on sun-exposed areas, such as the head, neck, and back of the hands. Women frequently get SCC on their lower legs.
It is possible to get SCC on any part of the body, including the inside of the mouth, lips, and genitals.
People who use tanning beds have a much higher risk of getting SCC. They also tend to get SCC earlier in life.
SCC can spread to other parts of the body. With early diagnosis and treatment, SCC is highly curable.
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Rogers, HW, Weinstock, MA, Harris, AR et al. “Incidence estimate of nonmelanoma skin cancer in the United States, 2006.” Arch Dermatol 2010; 146(3):283-287.