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Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCCs)

An image of Squamous cell carcinomas a type of skin cancer

Squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs) are the second most common form of skin cancer although in people who are immunosuppressed, for example following an organ transplant, they are the most common. They most often appear on sun-exposed sites as tender, crusty lumps or sores, which fail to heal. If you have a lesion which has been present more than a few months you should consult your GP who will refer you to a dermatologist if they are concerned.


Treatment is usually by excision under local anaesthetic. If the lesion is large a biopsy may be taken initially. If the diagnosis is confirmed then treatment options will be discussed which include full surgical excision or radiotherapy

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