Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), sometimes referred to as cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (CSCC), is the second most common skin cancer and forms on the epidermis, the skin's outermost layer.

SCC can present itself as scaly red patches, open sores, or wart-like skin. SCC may occur anywhere on the body, including the mucous membranes and genitals, but is most common in areas frequently exposed to the sun, such as the ears, face, scalp, neck, hands, arms, and legs.

Long-term exposure to the sun, intense exposure in the summer months, and indoor tanning all increase the risk of SCC.

Specialists in the GW Cancer Center’s Cutaneous Oncology Program are highly trained to diagnose and treat SCC, which is typically curable.