17 Apr Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Squamous Cell Carcinoma in Columbus, OH
Squamous cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer. People in the Greater Columbus 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.
What is 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:
- Firm, red nodules
- Rough areas or red lesions inside the mouth
- A flat lesion with a scaly appearance
- A raised, red patch or growth on the genital area or anus
- A raised area or new lesion on an existing scar or ulcer
- An open lesion or scaly patch on your lip
Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment Benefits
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:
- A compromised immune system
- A deep or large lesion
- Squamous cell carcinoma involving the mucous membranes, such as those found in the mouth
What Areas Can Be Treated for Squamous Cell Carcinoma?
Squamous cell carcinoma can develop anywhere on the face and body, such as:
- Inside the mouth
- Genital area and anus
What Can I Expect From Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment?
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:
- Cryosurgery (freezing)
- Laser treatments
- Photodynamic therapy
- Curettage (removing thin layers of tissue until there are no signs of cancer)
- Electrodesiccation (using an electric needle to burn the base of the cancerous area)
- Surgical removal
- Radiation therapy
- Mohs surgery
- Topical prescriptions for superficial cases of squamous cell carcinoma
Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment Preparation
Prior to your consultation with Dr. Hicks-Graham, you should take some time to gather some information, such as:
- Personal and family medical history
- Current medications
- Results of any lab work that may have been performed by your family physician
- Details about when you noticed the lesion and any changes that you have noted
Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment Recovery
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.
How Much Does Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment Cost?
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.
Is Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment Right for Me?
You should schedule a consultation with Dr. Hicks-Graham if you have:
- A flat area of skin that appears scaly
- A scab or lesion that does not heal within two weeks
- Any other lesions, growths or unusual patches of skin
Squamous Cell Carcinoma Consultation
Finding an odd patch of skin or lesion can be disconcerting. If you live in the Greater Columbus 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.