Squamous cell carcinomas arise in areas of chronically sun-damaged skin. In most cases these skin cancer start from pre existing sunspots also known as actinic keratoses.

This form of skin cancer does have a risk of spreading to other parts of the body, especially if it has been left to grow for a long time, or if found in a “highly exposed” area such as the nose, eyelids, lips or ears.


What causes it?

Squamous cell carcinomas occur on areas of skin that have chronic sun exposure and damage.

This skin cancer usually starts from actinic keratoses, which are pre-existing sunspots.

How is an SCC diagnosed?

If you notice a lesion or lump that you are concerned about you should have it checked immediately. Many of our patients have these lesions picked up at their annual skin check. If it is unclear that the lesion is cancerous, then a biopsy is taken and sent to pathology for the lesion to be examined.

How is it treated?

Upon confirmation of SCC, the lesions are usually removed with surgery.