Squamous cell carcinoma is a type of skin cancer that affects the top layers of skin. When this type of cancer develops, it may appear as a scaly or flaky patch of skin, a sore that does not heal or a wart-like growth. It typically occurs on areas of the skin that get frequent sun exposure, such as the face or shoulders, though it can develop elsewhere. About 95 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers are caused by exposure to UV rays that have resulted in damaged skin cells.
When symptoms of squamous cell carcinoma appear, it is important to consult with a physician or dermatologist to receive an accurate diagnosis. Your physician will likely perform a biopsy on the skin growth by removing a portion of it to run some tests that can detect cancerous cells. This type of skin cancer typically responds well to treatment. However, it can spread to other areas of the body, which is why it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Residents of Tampa, Florida, who are in need of squamous cell carcinoma diagnostic or treatment services can turn to Moffitt Cancer Center.
Moffitt Cancer Center offers comprehensive diagnostic, treatment and supportive care services for patients with all types of cancer. Individuals with squamous cell carcinoma receive the services they need from a multispecialty team of dermatologists, surgical oncologists, dermatopathologists, plastic surgeons and many other cancer experts that make up our Cutaneous Oncology Program. Our specialists develop individualized skin cancer treatment plans that may include:
- Mohs micrographic surgery
- Electrodessication and curettage
- Simple excision
- Shave excision
- Photodynamic therapy
- Topical chemotherapy
- Radiation therapy
Our patients benefit from the high level of skill and experience that our medical professionals provide. Additionally, all of our screening, diagnostic, treatment and supportive care services are provided in a single location in Tampa, FL, making it easy for our patients to receive the care they need.
Moffitt does not require a referral to schedule an appointment. Individuals in Tampa, FL, who would like to discuss squamous cell carcinoma with one of our skin cancer experts can call 1-888-663-3488 or fill out a new patient registration form online.