SCC - Squamous Cell Cancer

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common skin cancer. They arise from the top layer of the skin and are more aggressive than BCCs.

SCCs can appear as scaly red patches, open sores, rough skin, or raised growths. They can be itchy, crusty or bleeding. SCCs can look vastly different on separate people. SCCs often grow quickly, so must be dealt with timely. If left untreated, they can invade through the fatty layer of the skin and into muscle, vessels and bone. SCCs grow and invade normal tissue much faster than BCCs. This is why they should be excised as soon as possible.

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Examples of SCCs at Chevron Advanced Medical.

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Large SCC on the left shin.

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3 months after excision of the SCC. A triangular scar can be seen where the SCC once was, as a "V to Y flap" was done to close the wound.

Dr Aung Thant is a General Practitioner at Chevron Advanced Medical, with a special interest in skin cancers and dermoscopy. 


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