SCC – Squamous Cell Cancer

Squamous Cell Carcinomas (SCCs) are the second most common type of skin cancer. They arise from the top layer of the skin and are more aggressive than BCCs.

SCCs can appear as scaly red patches, open sores, rough skin, or raised growths. They can be itchy, crusty or bleeding. SCCs can look vastly different on separate people. SCCs often grow quickly, so must be dealt with timely. If left untreated, they can invade through the fatty layer of the skin and into muscle, vessels and bone. SCCs grow and invade normal tissue much faster than BCCs. This is why they should be excised as soon as possible.

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Large SCC on the left shin.
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3 months after excision of the SCC. A triangular scar can be seen where the SCC once was, as a “V to Y flap” was done to close the wound.
Dr Andrew Thant is a skin cancer doctor at Chevron Advanced Medical & Skin Cancer Clinic. Book your skin check online or give us a call on 07 5538 8811.

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