Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma is a common type of skin cancer that is often reddish in color.

Like other forms of skin cancer, it often appears on the most sun exposed parts of the body, such as the face, scalp, hands, arms and neck. However, it can also form on other parts of the body as well, including inside the mouth and on the genitals. It can also appear on skin that has been badly burned or heavily exposed to radiation, such as X-Rays, or exposed to strong chemicals.

Squamous cell carcinoma can be deadly when left untreated since it can grow deeply and spread to other parts of the body. See a dermatologist if you notice:

  • Hard (scaly or crusty) reddish bump, patch, or pearl-shaped growth
  • Open sore that itches and bleeds; it can heal and return
  • Scaly patch on the lip; skin on the lip can get thick

For more information, visit the American Academy of Dermatology at www.aad.org/skin-conditions