A 45-year-old member asked:
What is the difference between squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma?
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Dr. Donald Kress answered
44 years experience in Plastic Surgery
Different origins: Skin cancers are named for the type of skin cell that they develop from. A basal cell is generally a less dangerous tumor unless it is near an opening such as the nose, eye or ear. The squamous cell is more serious, requires a more aggressive surgical removal, and will sometimes spread inside the body (metastasize).
Answered on Apr 2, 2020
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