Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) result from an uncontrolled growth of the squamous cells of the epidermis. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation causes DNA damage which results in abnormal cells and excessive growth. At Greenwich Point Dermatology in Greenwich, CT, our providers can diagnose and help you treat SCC before it can metastasize, causing more harm.

What are the signs and symptoms of squamous cell carcinoma?

SCCs typically appear as thick, rough, scaly patches that may bleed if bumped, scratched or scraped. Sometimes confused with warts, they can have a raised border and crusty surface.

SCCs are most common in sun exposed areas such as the ears, lower lip, scalp, necks, arms, and legs, but they can also appear on other parts of the body such as the genitals.

If you notice any change in a skin lesion or an open sore fails to heal, or a new growth develops, contact Greenwich Point Dermatology for an immediate exam.

What are my treatment options for squamous cell carcinoma?

After an exam and biopsy confirm the diagnosis of SCC, Dr. Dolder can recommend a range of treatment options. Early detection is key to preventing the spread of SCC to lymph nodes and other body organs, which can become fatal.

Treatment options for SCC include:

  • curettage via electrocautery needle
  • excision surgery
  • cryosurgery with liquid nitrogen
  • photodynamic therapy
  • topical chemotherapy agents
  • oral medications

For particularly difficult to manage lesions, radiation may be used. Mohs micrographic surgery may be used if the lesion is in a delicate aesthetic area, is recurrent, or larger than 2cm. Our providers will refer you to Dr. Berliner, Greenwich Point Dermatology’s Mohs surgeon, if this particular treatment is necessary.

Do you suspect you have a suspicious lesion? Schedule a skin consultation today at Greenwich Point Dermatology by contacting us here or emailing info@greenwichpointderm.com.