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Squamous Cell Carcinoma

What is it?

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is a common form of skin cancer. With early diagnosis and treatment, SCC is highly curable. If not treated, SCC can spread to other parts of the body.

Who gets it?

Your risk of developing SCC increases if you have these risk factors:

What causes it?

Most SCC is caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun or tanning beds.


The only way to diagnose any type of skin cancer is through a biopsy. The following treatment maybe given to you depending upon how deep the cancer has grown and whether it has spread.


Anyone who has had SCC has a higher risk for getting another skin cancer. To help patients manage this higher risk, dermatologists recommend the following:

Learn more at the American Academy of Dermatology: AAD Squamous cell carcinoma.

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Dear Patients,

Our goal here at The Dermatology of Institute of Boston is protect the health of our patients and staff. To continue caring for our patients during these uncertain times, while strictly adhering to the guidelines set by the CDC, we will be only offering virtual consultations. For some patients, an in person visit is best, but if you feel that your concern could be addressed online, this may be a convenient option for you.

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