Squamous Cell Carcinoma Specialist

EpiDermatology -  - Dermatologist

EpiDermatology

Dermatologists located in Houston, TX, Kingwood, TX, & Sugar Land, TX

Squamous cell carcinoma is a common type of skin cancer that affects an estimated 700,000 Americans each year. Swift treatment prevents the cancer from spreading and brings many men and women to the care of Dr. Joseph Sedrak of EpiDermatology in Houston, TX, Kingwood, TX, & Sugar Land, Texas. If you’re in need of a skin cancer screening or want to explore treatment options, book a visit with Dr. Sedrak today. Online scheduling is available, or you can contact the office by phone.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma Q & A

What is squamous cell carcinoma?

Also called squamous cell cancer, squamous cell carcinoma is a variation of skin cancer that originates in your squamous cells. These cells are located in the outermost layer of your skin, called your epidermis.

The Skin Cancer Foundation states that squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common type of skin cancer. While the condition is not usually life-threatening, the cancer cells can spread if left untreated and can lead to serious health problems.

How do I know if I have squamous cell cancer?

Squamous cell cancer can develop on any area of your skin that’s routinely exposed to the sun. However, it’s also possible to find squamous cell cancer on your genitals, in your anal area, and in your mouth.

The earliest signs of squamous cell cancer is an area of skin that’s scaly and more red than normal. As the cancer cells multiply, the area can develop a bump that slowly increases in size. The area might develop a crust or bleed occasionally. Some squamous cell cancers develop on existing scars, moles, or birthmarks.

What are some risk factors for squamous cell cancer?

Exposure to ultraviolet light, or sunlight, is the leading cause of squamous cell cancers. There are other risk factors that increase your chances of developing this type of cancer, including:

  • Fair skin
  • History of sunburn
  • Use of tanning beds
  • Excessive sun exposure
  • History of skin cancer
  • Weakened immune system

If you’ve been diagnosed with a precancerous skin lesion you are also at a higher risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma.

What are some treatment options for squamous cell carcinoma?

Treatment focuses on removing all cancerous cells to prevent further spread. There are many different ways this goal can be accomplished. Dr. Sedrak works with you to find the approach that suits your specific needs.

Some of the available treatment options include:

  • Electrodesiccation and curettage, using a small electric needle to remove cells
  • Laser therapy
  • Freezing
  • Curettage and cryotherapy, using liquid nitrogen to treat the site
  • Medicated lotions or creams
  • Photodynamic therapy, using a liquid medication and light to destroy cancer cells
  • Simple excision to surgically remove cancer cells
  • Mohs surgery to remove cancer cells and preserve healthy cells

Some treatments are better for certain areas of your body or for cancers of a certain size.

Contact the office by phone or book an appointment online to learn more about this and other squamous cancer cell treatments.  

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