Squamous cell carcinoma symptoms
Squamous cell carcinomas are usually easy to find early, during a thorough skin examination by a dermatologist. Regular examination of the skin for any new or unusual growths, or changes in the size, shape or color of an existing spot, is key to finding and treating these cancers early. If you believe you have found symptoms of squamous cell carcinoma or are concerned about a suspicious-looking patch of skin, you should discuss it with your primary care physician or a dermatologist (skin doctor).
General warning signs of skin cancer include a new spot or growth that increases in size, or a sore that doesn’t heal within two months. In addition, common signs of squamous cell carcinomas include:
- A growing lump with a rough, scaly or crusty surface
- Slow-growing flat reddish patch
Squamous cell carcinomas may also develop as a flat area that does not look much different from normal skin, so it is important to discuss any changes with your doctor. These cancers are most frequently found in areas exposed to the sun, such as the face, ear, lip, neck or back of the hands, but they can also develop in other areas, such as the genital region or in scars or skin sores.
If you see any spots or growths with these features, or anything else unusual, it is important to discuss what you found with your doctor. The earlier your squamous cell carcinoma symptoms are found, the easier the disease is to treat and the better the prognosis.
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