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What Does Squamous Cell Carcinoma Look Like
Non healing: Red ulcer, may be painful, does not have to be. Tends to grow outward radially and burrow deeper. Do not delay. See plastic or derm surgeon. ...Read more
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Subtype of cancer:
It only means-a subtype of cancer. Nothing much. The treatment, prognosis etc- will depend on where is this cancer located primarily? , what is the stage (how big it is? Any lymph node or adjacent tissue involvement? Any spreading to distant organ? Etc.
If you smoke tobacco and drink alcohol- you need to quit. Please discuss in detail with your oncologist. ...Read more
How often does Squamous cell carcinoma of the skin metastasize? Pls don't say "not often". Ie. 1%, 2%, etc is what I am wondering- thanks
Rarely!: I would say the chances of metastases are somewhere between 1% or less. It depends on the degree of differentiation and the size of the primary lesion before it was removed. Poorly differentiated squamous cell carcinomas, if more than 1-2 cm in size have a higher risk for metastases...up to 5% to 10%. I hope this helps. Send us the pathology report, then we can be more exacting in our response. ...Read more
Depends on site: Squamous cell carcinomas of the skin are usually slow growing and metastasize only infrequently. Squamous cell carcinomas of the lung are lethal and a majority of the patients are dead within a year. Squamous cell carcinomas of the esophagus, cervix, oro-pharynx etc fall in between. ...Read more
Often not much: An ulcer surrounded by firmness, or just a slight firmness and expansion of an area with a bit of surface roughening, may be all you notice at first. Neglected, it'll turn much nastier in time. Photo Guy let his go for a while, but it looks like his surgeons did a great job with reconstruction. ...Read more
"Invasive" - deeper: Skin squamous cell carcinoma (scc) often goes through stages of evolution on its way to becoming "invasive" and eventually metastasizing. It may begin as an area of sun damage or pre-cancer (actinic keratosis) and worsen to become a superficial scc that does not yet invade deeper (scc in situ). Eventually, the scc will start to go deeper and become "invasive", then metastasize if left unchecked. ...Read more
Very rarely: Squamous cell carcinomas are uncommon in children. When diagnosed in young individuals, there is usually a predisposing factor like immunosuppression (transplant patients), previous exposure to radiation or chemotherapy, or human papilloma virus infection. Squamous cell cancers of the skin usually takes years of ultraviolet light exposure before appearing at an average age of 65. ...Read more
Differentiated: The pathology report will desribe well, moderate or poorly differentiated. Well differentiated is less advanced. It will also describe depth on invasion and whether nerves are involved. An evaluation of lymph nodes is done to confirm squamous cell is localized to skin. In advanced cases it will have spread requiring surgery followed by radiation, and possible chemotherapy. ...Read more
Where can I find squamous cell carcinoma statistics for incidence by age. Looked all over Google and can not locate.?
Won't find them: You already know that everything depends on location, grade, stage, and a few markers depending on the tumor type. Survival curves are age-adjusted. Age has basically no impact on cancer survivability in adults. A squamous skin cancer is very unlikely to kill. A stage IV squamous lung cancer is lethal regardless of age. Hope things go well for you. Best wishes. ...Read more
Depends: Depends on where it started and how spread it is. ...Read more
Genetic component?: There could be genetic component to a squamous cell cancer, although the exact implications on treatment aren't known. Obviously if there is a strong family history of cancers, or if it strikes someone who is young and/or a non smoker/drinker I would suspect a strong genetic contribution. Without more details, it is hard to say with any certainty. ...Read more
Not really: Not necessarily. It could appear suddenly and grow rapidly. But then it will reach a certain size then it will stop growing, and then regress weeks to months later. As long as it is contained, localized in the skin- surgical resection will take care of that. However if it has metastasized (which is not common) -then it will give you problem. ...Read more
Different cell types: Melanomas originate from pigment producing cells called melanocytes, whereas squamous cell carcinomas from squamous cells in the skin. They appear different clinically. The former most frequently have irregular borders and many shades of brown, whereas the latter is often red scaly crusty plaques. However, rarely melanomas can loose their pigment and look like squamous cell ca. ...Read more
Nothing: Even in the lung, squamous cell carcinomas are usually silent until they have become large enough to cause coughing up of blood -- one of the common ways in which it announces itself. On the skin, of course, a growing mass with a rough surface is (depending on how it looks) likely to be a squamous skin cancer; these are usually easy to cure. Good luck. ...Read more
All cancers start as one cell being malignant and all cancers go through a stage where the lesion is 1.0 mm wide.
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Can be: Squamous cell cancer in advanced untreated forms can be life threatening. It can be locally aggressive by invading critical structures and can also rarely metastasize to distant organs. Some scc like head and neck locations have a high rate of lymph node spread. Purely skin scc is less dangerous overall than melanoma but still requires timely treatment. ...Read more
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