What is Squamous Cell Carcinoma?

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) is a common form of skin cancer that lies in the upper layer of the epidermis. These growths are most commonly found on sun-exposed areas of the body: face, ears, neck, scalp, shoulders, and back. As people age the chances of having SCC increase, thus it’s important to ensure your residents’ skin is cared for by a dermatological specialist.

Will Squamous Cell Carcinoma cause my resident discomfort?

SCC generally does not cause discomfort. However, it is important that it is caught early-on to ensure that it can be treated. As the tumors grow, they can be harder to treat. Your facility’s assigned dermatological specialist can perform an on-site biopsy to detect cancerous growths. If SCC is detected, your dermatological specialist will provide your nursing staff with all necessary information to ensure proper treatment is given to the affected area(s).

Can my resident receive on-site treatment for Squamous Cell Carcinoma?

If SCC is diagnosed at an early stage, cryotherapy can be done on-site to remove the growth. If the cancer is diagnosed at a later stage, the area with SCC may need to be treated with MOHS surgery, Excisional surgery, or another method at our nearest location.

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