Squamous Cell Carcinoma
There are many different types of skin cancer. Many of them are related to sun exposure and the detrimental ultraviolet radiation it emits. Most forms of skin cancer are treatable if caught early.
Squamous cell carcinomas are the second most common type of skin cancer. These are also related to sun exposure, are more present on sun exposed areas and in lighter skin types. They tend to behave more aggressively than basal cell carcinomas, and have a higher incidence of spreading to other parts of the body (metastasis), though rarely do.
Different treatment options are available for skin cancer depending on the type of skin cancer, it’s location, and it’s severity. Physical removal through surgical techniques, such as excision, electrodessication, or Mohs micrographic surgery, are indicated for many lesion. Recent inventions have allowed physicians to offer non-surgical techniques for early cancers, such as topical creams (Imiquimod), and light therapies (photodynamic therapy).