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What is squamous cell carcinoma?

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Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common form of skin cancer. It’s a fairly slow-growing skin cancer usually found on areas of the body damaged by UV rays from the sun or tanning beds -- the head, neck, ears, lips, arms, legs, and hands.

When caught early, it’s easy to treat. Unlike other types of skin cancer, it can spread to the tissues, bones, and nearby lymph nodes, where it may become hard to treat.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society.

Duke University Medicine: “Types of skin cancer.”

National Cancer Institute.

John Hopkins Medicine.

American Academy of Dermatology.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on February 12, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society.

Duke University Medicine: “Types of skin cancer.”

National Cancer Institute.

John Hopkins Medicine.

American Academy of Dermatology.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on February 12, 2019

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