Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is a cancerous growth of the squamous cells, which compose most of the skin’s upper layers (the epidermis). Squamous Cell Carcinomas often look like scaly red patches, open sores, elevated growths with a central depression, or warts. They may crust or bleed. SCC is mainly caused by sun exposure. It can become disfiguring if left untreated and may be deadly if allowed to grow.
SCCs may occur on all areas of the body including the lips, oral cavity, and genitals, but are most common in areas frequently exposed to the sun, such as the face. When a Squamous Cell Carcinoma is located on the face or another critical area of the body, Mohs and Reconstructive Surgery is the gold standard for treatment. There are other treatment options for Squamous Cell Carcinoma that range from topical creams to other destructive or surgical procedures. Dr. Ibrahimi is well versed in the management and treatment of all types of Squamous Cell Carcinomas, including the most complicated of cases.
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