What Is Squamous Cell Cancer?

Squamous cell skin cancer is the second most common type of cancer worldwide, with about 1 million cases in the U.S. each year. Utah has the highest rate in the nation of this type of skin cancer, because of our high elevation, relative fair skin compared to most other states, and our outdoor lifestyle. Squamous cell carcinoma happens most often in people over 65, people with blond or red hair, light colored eyes, and fair skin, but can happen in anyone and at any age. More cases are diagnosed every year, and this type of skin cancer is more aggressive and can even be fatal, especially if it is bigger than 2 centimeters across (which is about 4/5 of an inch). If you think you have or know you have a squamous cell cancer, come to Bahr Dermatology in Bountiful to make sure you get the best care possible.

What Does Squamous Cell Cancer Look Like?

A squamous cell cancer will usually look like a pink or scaly firm bump on the skin, a sore that doesn’t heal, or a thick rough spot that doesn’t go away. It is most commonly found on the head and neck, arms, or upper chest or back. If not caught early, the carcinoma can grow aggressively and can invade muscle, bone, and cartilage, and can spread to other places in the body. When caught early, it is completely curable. Because of the aggressive nature of this type of skin cancer it is important to find and get it treated in the right way before it spreads.


What Types Of Treatments Are There For Squamous Cell Cancer?


If you live in Utah, particularly in Davis county or Salt Lake county, Bahr Dermatology in Bountiful is a great place to get your skin cancer treatments done. We always keep some appointments open for same day visits, and will usually be able get your treatment done more quickly than any other dermatology office in Utah. With this type of cancer, time is of the essence. Treatment is most often done by surgically removing the tumor with a small margin of normal skin. If this skin cancer is on the head and neck, hands, feet, or genitals, there is a higher risk of it spreading to other locations. Mohs micrographic surgery is usually done in these cases, because it has a higher cure rate than other types of treatments.

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If your skin cancer has a low risk of spreading, there are other potential treatments Dr. Bahr may suggest including electrodessication and curettage ( Sometimes referred to as scraping and burning ), topical chemotherapy or topical immunotherapy ( Treating the cancer with creams) and cryotherapy (which involves freezing the cancer ). Your best option for treatment of skin cancer is with Dr. Brooks Bahr at Bahr Dermatology in Bountiful.

What If Your Squamous Cell Cancer Has Already Spread?

Dr. Bahr works in tandem with local oncologists and radiation specialists to treat squamous cell skin cancers that have already spread, giving you the best chance for cure. Dr. Bahr is highly trained in all types of surgical treatment for squamous cell carcinoma, and will give you the highest quality treatment for the best possible outcome. If you have a rough raised spot that is not healing, make an appointment today with Dr. Bahr at Bahr Dermatology in Bountiful to get your skin checked and make sure it is not a squamous cell carcinoma. If it is, you will get the best care possible at Bahr Dermatology in Bountiful, Utah.

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