Squamous cell carcinoma (form of skin cancer)

Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma is a cancerous patch on the skin. It is a form of skin cancer.

Squamous cell carcinoma of the skin mainly occurs in areas of chronic heavy sun exposure, such as the face, neck and (bald) head, forearms and hands.

A squamous cell carcinoma may initially appear as a pale pink, rough lump. It slowly enlarges and sometimes hurts. It can also appear as a small wound that slowly enlarges or as a rough or keratinised spot.


Your doctor will discuss the treatment options with you.

Last modified on 7 July 2022


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