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Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common form of skin cancer. It’s usually found on areas of the body damaged by UV rays from the sun or tanning beds. Sun-exposed skin includes the head, neck, ears, lips, arms, legs, and hands. SCC is a fairly slow-growing skin cancer. Unlike other types of skin cancer, it can spread to the tissues, bones, and nearby lymph nodes, where it may become hard to treat.

SCC usually begins as a dome-shaped bump or a red, scaly patch of skin. It’s usually rough and crusty, and can bleed easily when scraped. Large growths may itch or hurt. It may also pop through scars or chronic skin sores, so check for any changes and report them to your doctor.

Individuals at higher risk include: older age, fair-skinned, blue, green, or gray eyes, blonde or red hair, spend time outside; exposed to the sun’s UV Rays or tanning beds and bulbs.

Squamous cell carcinoma can usually be treated with minor surgery that can be done in a doctor’s office or hospital clinic.

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