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Squamous Cell Carcinomas (SCCs)

  • More dangerous than BCCs but not as dangerous as melanomas

  • Low chances of spreading if treated early but if left for long time lesions will grow and risks will increase (higher risk for lesions >2cm in diameter, 4mm thickness, recurrent lesions, lesions on ears and lips, poorly differentiated histology)

  • More commonly found on sun exposed areas

  • May recur even with adequate treatment

  • Normally present as: a a scaly/rough spot that might bleed easily and have a recurring ulceration

  • Treatment modalities will depend on the stage of the SCC and include cryotherapy (freezing), electrodissection, cauthery and curettage, radiotherapy or surgical removal of lesion (best method).

All photos are courtesy of Dr Lucas de Siqueira

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