As the name implies, Squamous cell cancer is characterized by the unbridled growth of squamous cells and it primarily manifests itself on the skin. That’s because squamous cells are basically the building blocks of the topmost layer of your skin and they’re flat and thin in appearance. SCC usually comes about when these cells multiply at a fast rate and are a result of unprecedented DNA changes.
About 700, 000 Americans are diagnosed with SCC on a yearly basis, making this the second most prevalent form of skin cancer, as confirmed by the Skin Cancer Foundation.
SCC is easy to notice, as it usually starts out with the formation of skin warts, open sores, red patches or scaly skin that’s really hard to miss. It’s important to note here that SCC can literally show up on any part of your skin. However, it does have a tendency of showing up in the areas of your skin that get the most UV radiation, and this often happens as a result of being in direct sunlight, or from using tanning beds and lamps.
If you notice any of the symptoms that we’ve described, it’s important to consult with your doctor immediately so that you can avoid any further growths. In fact, early detection and treatment is the best way to avoid further complications of this condition.
Different Types of Skin Cancer
The skin is not only the largest organ on your body, but it’s also made up of many different layers. First, there’s the epidermis, which is the topmost layer of skin that we can observe. This layer of your skin is a combination of melanocytes, basal cells and squamous cells, which are in a state of constant shedding and renewal.
That is until some of these cells undergo a DNA transformation, at which point they might start to proliferate at an unusual rate leading to skin cancer. Typically, there are three types of skin cancers known to man, namely; malignant melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma.