Squamous Cell Carcinoma
About 2 out of 10 skin cancers occurring are squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). The cells in these cancers look abnormal from the original versions of the squamous cells that are seen in the thin, flat outer layers of the skin. Squamous cell carcinoma occurs in lips, ear, face and neck but also in the hand. In some cases they begin in the nails and damage the nails. This is more dangerous when compared with basal cell carcinoma. It is not life-threatening but it can be aggressive if not treated and it spreads.
Serious complications are possible in cases where it grows larger and spreads deeper into other parts of body when not treated. Bumps that are scaly having a rough surface may turn into cancer cells. Squamous cell carcinoma can occur anywhere on the skin including mucous membranes and genitals but is also seen on the areas of the body that have been exposed to excessive sunlight &a lighter skin which has the inability to tan. It can occur in undamaged skin as well as areas that have been highly exposed to radiation for years.
The causes for this cancer include spending time near fire, going out in sun for work, smoking tobacco etc. Avoiding ultra violet (UV) radiation can reduce the risk of getting squamous cell carcinoma. People who use tanning beds can be affected in the earlier stages of life. For this type of cancer, it requires early treatment.