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Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is one of the non-melanoma skin cancers. It is the second most common type of skin cancer in the UK. 

The most common cause is too much exposure to ultra-violet light from the sun or from sun beds. This causes certain cells (keratinocytes) in one of the layers of the skin (the epidermis) to grow out of control into a tumour.

SCCs can occur on any part of your body, but are most common on areas that are exposed to the sun, such as your head and neck (including the lips and ears) and the backs of your hands. Squamous cell carcinomas can also crop up where the skin has been damaged by X-rays, and also on old scars, ulcers, burns and persistent chronic wounds.

SCC mainly affect the following groups:

Treatment of SCC includes:

Skin Surgery - the usual treatment for SCCs. Most SCCs are treated with wide surgical excision. Early small SCCs, especially in older patients, or those with multiple skin cancers may be treated by curettage and cautery.

Radiotherapy - This treatment is usually reserved for older patients with larger skin cancers difficult to treat with surgery. This type of treatment is generally carried out in NHS cancer centres. When Dr Murdoch sees patients requiring this type of treatment he will discuss the case with the radiotherapy doctors from the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital at the local skin cancer multidisciplinary meeting and onward referral will be arranged.

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