SCC - Squamous Cell Carcinoma.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) is a malignant tumour of the skin. It is the second most common skin cancer and accounts for about 20% of UK skin cancers. These tumours are mostly slow growing but they can spread the other parts of the body, usually after they have been left for a long time or if they are aggressive tumours.

SCCs most often look like open ulcers, growths or scaly red patches. These lesions tend to occur of the areas of skin that receive chronic sun exposure - particularly the head, face and neck and lower lip. Men are twice as likely to develop SCCs and it is rare to see them before the age of 50.

A small percentage of these tumours have the potential to spread around the body - most commonly to the local lymph glands, so early diagnosis is important.

Surgery is the most common treatment option for most SCC tumours.

Examples of SCCs (all patients of Mr Walsh)

Large Squamous Call Carcinoma Scalp

Squamous Cell carcinoma of nose(before and after treatment)

2 squamous call carcinomas of the ear.

Forehead Squamous Cell carcinoma

Lower Lip SCCs (one large - one small)