Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment
This form of skin cancer occurs in the middle and outer layers of the skin and can be quite aggressive. Untreated, squamous cell carcinoma can grow large and spread quickly to other parts of the body. Spectrum Dermatology of Atlanta offers professional diagnosis and effective squamous cell carcinoma treatment at our clinic in Alpharetta, just outside Atlanta.
Squamous cell carcinoma appears as a firm, red nodule before turning to a rough, scaly patch and sore. It can also appear as a new sore on an old scar or skin ulcer. Squamous cell carcinoma can develop anywhere on the body, including the genitals or inside the mouth. Often, a sore on the lip is the first indicator of this condition.
If you develop a flat, patchy area of skin or a sore that will not heal within a few weeks, you should see us at Spectrum Dermatology of Atlanta for a skin cancer evaluation. We can evaluate your condition and may recommend further testing, including taking skin samples and biopsies of the affected areas, for laboratory testing.
SCC Warning Signs, Symptoms
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is caused by damage to the skin from UV radiation, either from prolonged sun exposure or frequent tanning bed use. Those with fair skin, a history of sunburns, a weakened immune system or with a history of skin cancer are more at risk for developing squamous cell carcinoma.
SCC aggressively destroys nearby healthy tissue and spreads rapidly, so early detection and aggressive treatment are necessary. Common treatments for squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) include:
- Laser therapy
- Simple excision
- Mohs surgery
- IG-SRT Image-Guided Superficial Radiotherapy
- Medication therapy
Dr. Murad or Dr. Spitzler may recommend a combination of treatments to better combat your case of SCC. Contact Spectrum Dermatology of Atlanta for more information or to schedule a consultation about squamous cell carcinoma treatment in Alpharetta.