Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treated by Board Certified Dermatologists in Baltimore

Dermatology at Mercy - Baltimore, MD

Mercy's team of dermatologists, surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, pathologists and plastic surgeons of The Melanoma and Skin Cancer Center at Mercy offer top quality and complete care for a variety of non-melanoma skin cancers, including squamous cell carcinoma.

About the Condition

Squamous cell carcinoma, much like basal cell carcinoma, is a common form of skin cancer. It forms in the squamous cells that make up the outer layer of skin.

Squamous cell carcinoma typically appears on skin that is exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight or tanning beds. This includes the head, neck and face, but may occur elsewhere on the body, including the mouth.

Squamous cell carcinoma is rarely life-threatening, but left untreated can spread to other parts of the body and cause serious complications.

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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

The symptoms of squamous cell carcinoma will vary depending on the location of the affected area. The signs and symptoms of squamous cell carcinoma include the following:

  • A firm, red bump that may scale or bleed
  • A flat sore with a scaly crust
  • A red sore or rough patch inside your mouth
  • A red, raised patch or sore on or in the anus or on your genitals

Your dermatologist will begin with a physical examination and a review of your medical and family history. In many cases, a biopsy may be necessary to diagnose squamous cell carcinoma. During a biopsy, your physician removes all or part of the suspected growth for additional tests and examination by a pathologist.

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Treatment Options

Treatment for minor cases of squamous cell carcinoma may only require topical treatments. More commonly, surgery is required to remove the cancerous growth, and in some cases, the surrounding tissue.

The team of experts at The Melanoma and Skin Cancer Center at Mercy will diagnose your condition and inform you on the best treatment options available for your needs.