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Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What is squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)?

SCC is a slow growing cancer that usually does not spread. Squamous cells are found in the skin, organs, respiratory tract, and digestive tract. SCC can develop in any of these areas, but it is most common in skin areas that get a lot of sun.

What increases my risk for SCC?

What are the signs and symptoms of SCC?

You may have the following, depending on where the SCC develops:

Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Skin

How is SCC diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine you and ask about your symptoms. Tell your provider if you have a family history of cancer. You may also need any of the following, depending on the area affected:

How is SCC treated?

Treatment depends on where the SCC is located:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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What can I do to manage or prevent SCC?

Where can I find support and more information?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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