Squamous cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer. People in the Columbus and Upper Arlington area who have squamous cell carcinoma develop distinct red, firm growths on the skin. Our board-certified dermatologist Dr. Shari Hicks-Graham is uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat squamous cell carcinoma.
Squamous cell carcinoma is a type of skin cancer that develops in the cells of the outer and middle layers of the skin. The cancer is associated with sun exposure. Although squamous cell carcinoma can be aggressive and affect surrounding tissues, it is not considered a life-threatening skin cancer. Signs of squamous cell carcinoma are:
Even though squamous cell carcinoma is not considered life threatening, the cancer can spread quickly to surrounding tissues. Treatment will keep the cancer from spreading to healthy tissue, lymph nodes, and other organs. Squamous cell carcinoma is rarely fatal. You are at greater risk for developing serious complications associated with squamous cell carcinoma if you have:
Squamous cell carcinoma can develop anywhere on the face and body, such as:
As a board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Hicks-Graham will recommend a treatment that will completely remove the cancerous tissue and keep it from spreading. In most cases, the cancerous tissue is removed via:
Prior to your consultation with Dr. Hicks-Graham, you should take some time to gather some information, such as:
Removing the cancerous tissue associated with squamous cell carcinoma requires a relatively minor surgery. Dr. Hicks-Graham will cover the area with a dressing, and she may prescribe antibiotics and other medications. You should keep the area dry and clean. Avoid exposing the area to sunlight.
Treatment for squamous cell carcinoma at Downtown Dermatology is covered by medical insurance. Your insurance carrier will determine your out-of-pocket costs that need to be made to us directly. We accept payment by cash, check, major credit card and CareCredit® financing.
You should schedule a consultation with Dr. Hicks-Graham if you have:
Finding an odd patch of skin or lesion can be disconcerting. If you live in the Columbus and Upper Arlington area, contact Downtown Dermatology to schedule a consultation with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Shari Hicks-Graham.Although squamous cell carcinoma is not considered life-threatening, it is a type of skin cancer that can be very aggressive. The residents of Columbus and Upper Arlington rely on the expertise of board-certified dermatologist Dr. Shari Hicks-Graham for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment options for squamous cell carcinoma.