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What Does Squamous Cell Carcinoma Look Like
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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