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Squamous cell skin cancer

  • Alternative Names

    Cancer - skin - squamous cell; Skin cancer - squamous cell; Nonmelanoma skin cancer - squamous cell; NMSC - squamous cell


    The main symptom of squamous cell skin cancer is a growing bump that may have a rough, scaly surface and flat reddish patches.

    The bump is usually located on the face, ears, neck, hands, or arms, but may occur on other areas.

    A sore that does not heal can be a sign of squamous cell cancer. Any change in an existing wart, mole, or other skin lesion could be a sign of skin cancer.

    Signs and tests

    Your doctor will check your skin and look at the size, shape, color, and texture of any suspicious areas.

    If skin cancer is a possibility, a piece of skin will be removed from the area and examined under a microscope. This is called a skin biopsy. A biopsy must be done to confirm the diagnosis of basal cell carcinoma or other skin cancers.

    There are many types of skin biopsies. The exact procedure depends on the location of the suspected skin cancer.