SKIN CANCER

SQUAMOUS CELL CARCINOMA OR SCC

SCC is the second most common skin cancer and occurs in men more than women, with an increasing incidence in UK Caucasians.

SCC arises in the epidermis of the skin with mutations in the keratinocytes. UVB radiation induces skin cancer by damaging DNA and mutating tumour suppressor genes. The mutated cells can spread superficially altering the appearance of the skin, and when the dermis is penetrated the risk of metastasis is increased.

SCC’s have the potential to spread to lymph nodes and sometimes surgery to lymph nodes is required. This is usually in the head and neck region.

The mainstay of treatment is usually surgery, but other treatments are available.

After a full history and examination a diagnosis and treatment plan can be agreed with you.

British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons
Society of Surgical Oncology
General Medical Council
Royal College of Surgeons