Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)

Squamous cell skin cancers are usually pink lumps. They may have hard or scaly skin on the surface. They can bleed easily and ulcerate. They are most often found on the face, neck, lips, ears, hands, shoulders, arms and legs.

The most common treatment for small skin cancers is just to have the cancer removed under local anaesthetic. This is called an excision biopsy. The cancer needs to be removed with a border of healthy tissue all around it. The ‘healthy’ tissue border will be examined under the microscope to make sure it doesn’t contain any cancer cells. If it does, you may need further surgery.

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