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The second most common type of skin cancer is squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), which affects the top layer of the skin. Squamous skin cells are the ones that are quickly shed as new cells form, but even these cells can mutate and become a cancerous growth. An estimated two out of ten cases of skin cancer are diagnosed as SCC. At LM Medical NYC, we offer the diagnosis of squamous cell carcinoma and treatment at our medical facility in Manhattan.

Warning Signs and Symptoms of SCC

Squamous cell carcinoma is a slowly progressing type of skin cancer that affects the top skin layer, usually in areas with the most sun exposure. The hands, face, scalp, neck, chest, hands and arms are common areas where SCC can appear. The most common warning signs and symptoms of SCC include:

  • Small red bumps on the skin
  • A flat, crusty sore
  • New sore on an old wound or scar
  • Actinic keratosis – a pre-cancerous condition that can evolve into SCC
  • Bowens disease – red, scaly patches which can be early stages of SCC

Squamous cell carcinoma skin lesions may itch or be painful, but some have no symptoms at all. It is important to have any persistent skin lesion, sore or lump examined and diagnosed. If it is SCC or another type of skin cancer, it should be removed or treated to stop the growth from spreading.

At LM Medical NYC, our board certified dermatologist, Dr. Morgan Rabach, can perform diagnosis and treatment for squamous cell carcinoma and other types of skin cancer. We also perform preventive skin checks to help identify any early signs of skin cancers to ensure our patients receive early treatment to prevent the spread of cancer to other areas of the body.

If you have any suspicious skin growths, it is vital to have your skin examined by a qualified dermatologist. Contact us at LM Medical NYC to schedule an appointment with expert dermatologist Dr. Morgan at our medical clinic in Greenwich Village.

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