Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the skin is a common form of skin cancer that develops in the squamous cells that make up the middle and outer layers of the skin.  It is the second most common type of skin cancer and accounts for approximately 350 deaths in Australia each year.

SCC is usually not life-threatening, though it can be aggressive. Untreated, squamous cell carcinoma of the skin can grow large or spread to other parts of your body, particularly via the lymphatic system causing serious complications.

Symptoms may include:

  • thickened red, scaly spot
  • rapidly growing lump
  • looks like a sore that has not healed
  • may be tender to touch

SCC’s as more common as you get older and usually appear of areas of the body most exposed to the sun.