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.