Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) Specialist

Knipe Dermatology

Board Certified Dermatologists located in Orlando, FL

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is a common type of skin cancer that causes the abnormal growth of squamous cells. When caught and treated early, you can expect a full recovery from SCC. Ronald Knipe, MD, and Samantha Marrone, MD, at Knipe Dermatology in Orlando, Florida, are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. If you have concerns about SCC or any other type of abnormal skin growth, they can provide the care you need. Call the office or book an appointment online today.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) Q & A

What is SCC?

Squamous cell carcinoma or SCC is a type of skin cancer that causes the abnormal growth of squamous cells, which are the cells in the middle and outer layer of your skin.

The change in skin cell production occurs from damage to the cell’s DNA from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or commercial tanning beds. However, SCC may develop on parts of the skin not exposed to UV light. 

You may be at a greater risk of developing SCC if you have fair skin, a history of sunburns, or a personal history of precancerous or cancerous lesions.  

What does SCC look like?

SCC lesions may look different from person-to-person. Typically, they appear as:

  • A red, firm bump
  • A flat, crusty sore
  • A new ulcer or sore
  • Raised skin over an older scar
  • A thick, wart-like lesion

You’re most likely to see SCC lesions on sun-exposed areas of the body, like the scalp, face, ears, hands, or lips. However, they may also develop on the soles of your feet, inside your mouth, or your genital area.

What happens during an SCC evaluation?

When you come in for a skin cancer evaluation at Knipe Dermatology, you can expect a comprehensive clinical exam. Your provider first reviews your medical history and family history and asks about your skin lesion, including when it first appeared.

Your provider closely examines your skin lesion and may take a biopsy to confirm or rule out SCC. Your provider also conducts a full head-to-toe skin evaluation looking for other skin abnormalities.  

How is SCC treated?

Surgical removal of SCC is the primary treatment. However, the method your provider at Knipe Dermatology uses may depend on the size and location of your cancerous lesion. 

For small lesions, your provider may use a minimally invasive removal method, such as curettage and electrodesiccation, cryosurgery, or laser therapy.

For large SCC lesions, Knipe Dermatology may recommend simple excision or referral for Mohs Surgery.

Simple excision

During a simple excision, your provider uses a scalpel to remove the cancerous lesion, along with some of the surrounding healthy tissue.