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Squamous Cell Carcinoma


Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is a type of skin cancer that starts in the outer layer of the skin. It is a slow growing type of skin cancer that usually does not spread.



  • Topical chemotherapy: This is given as a lotion or cream to put directly on the skin cancer to kill cancer cells.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Prevent skin cancer:

  • Wear sunscreen when outdoors: Use sunscreen with an SPF (sun protectant factor) of at least 15 and UVA and UVB protection. Reapply after you swim or sweat. If you need to be in the sun, wear a hat and long-sleeved shirts and pants to cover your skin.
  • Stay out of the sun between 10 AM and 4PM: This is when the sun is the strongest and most damaging to your skin.
  • Do not use tanning booths: These can damage your skin as much as the sun.
  • Examine your skin monthly: Watch for growths or moles that change size, shape, or color.

For more information:

  • American Cancer Society
    250 Williams Street
    Atlanta , GA 30303
    Phone: 1- 800 - 227-2345
    Web Address:

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a new growth or a mole that changes size, shape, or color.
  • You have a fever.
  • You have chills, a cough, or feel weak and achy.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You have trouble thinking clearly.
  • You have shortness of breath.
  • You have chest pain.

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