Squamous cell carcinoma is a skin cancer that occurs more commonly in older patients. SCCs typically occur where the skin has had lots of sun exposure such as the face, scalp, neck, hands and arms. These tumours can spread to other parts of the body and therefore need to be treated promptly.
Squamous cell carcinomas often present as an enlarging fleshy painful lump that is tender when pinched or knocked. The tumour may have a surface ‘crust’ or scaliness and sometimes can appear with alarming speed – over only a few weeks.
Due to the ability of SCCs to spread, treatment options are few. Wide surgical excision or tissue-conserving Mohs Surgery remain the preferred treatments, however radiotherapy can be used successfully in select individuals. Dermatologists are skilled in the range of treatments that allow customisation of therapy to suit each individual patient.