Squamous Cell Cancer
- This is a very common skin cancer, and is generally seen in areas of chronic sun exposure such as the face, lips, chest, back of the hands, or lower legs.
- These skin cancers may appear as rough red areas that can be mistaken for benign growths. Dr. Sherber uses a trained eye as well as dermoscopy to diagnose them.
- They may bleed easily or be slow to heal, and may be tender.
- Squamous cell cancers are more common in those with suppressed immune systems such as organ transplant recipients.
- Depending on the site and the size of the squamous cell cancer, Dr. Sherber may recommend Mohs surgery or a plastic surgical excision. With complete removal, recurrence should not be a concern.
- For superficial variants, a topical treatment approach may be appropriate.
- For squamous cell cancers on the face, pre-treating the area of excision with laser and/or Botox may be advisable to optimize scar healing.
- Following a diagnosis of skin cancer, ongoing broad spectrum sun protection and regular total body skin examinations are critically important.