»  Education Center
 »  Conditions
 »  Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Education Center

Clinical Overview

Clinical Overview Symptoms Take Action Diagnosis and Treatment Complications
Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Clinical Overview

Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common type of skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common, and together these cancers are referred to as nonmelanoma skin cancer. Squamous cell tumors develop from cells just above the basal layer of the epidermis. The disease is curable if caught early. However, if left untreated, squamous cell cancer can spread to surrounding tissue as well as to the lymph nodes and other internal organs. Risk for developing squamous cell carcinoma is linked to UV exposure. Since UV damage accumulates over time, older people are at higher risk for developing squamous cell carcinoma. Other risk factors for squamous cell carcinoma include: fair skin, blond or red hair, blue or green eyes, history of indoor tanning, history of actinic keratosis, family history of skin cancer, history of radiation therapy, and exposure to coal tar or arsenic.

Last updated: Aug-02-10

Next ... Symptoms

This locator will help you to find specialists for scars in your area
Postal or Zip Code

Iraq Star, War Wounds, Scar Treatment
Erasing the Scars of War
Iraq Star is a recently-founded non-profit organization providing surgery ...
more more Featured Videos
Home | About Us | Press | Make a Suggestion | Content Syndication | Terms of Service | Editorial Policy | Privacy Policy
Last updated: Apr 23, 2017  © 2017 Body1 All rights reserved.