Can you explain squamous cell carcinoma?

SCC. Squamous cells are normal epithelial cells present in a layer of the skin called the epidermis. When the architecture of the cell is distorted, severely disorganized, and has uninhibited growth, it becomes a cancer.

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What is squamous cell carcinoma like?

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...
The description is. The way cells look under the microscope, like 'tiles'. What it is "like" depends on where it arises: from skin, from cervix, from lung, from esophagus. Skin is very common: it can be a non-heainin, enlarging oozing sore. Read more...

What is vasive squamous cell carcinoma?

Invasive. You probably mean "invasive" squamous cell carcinoma. All cancers, including squamous cell carcinomas, by definition, are invasive. Invasiveness refers to the ability of cancer cells to burrow into surrounding tissues and destroy normal structures. 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...
Invasive. Invasive squamous cell cancer is a cancer that develops within squamous cells. These areas include the skin and lining of the mouth, anus, vagina, etc. Invasive means that the cancer is deeper within this skin or lining and not just at the surface. Read more...

Can children get squamous cell carcinoma?

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...

What are stages of squamous cell carcinoma?

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...

What does squamous cell carcinoma mean to you?

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...
Closely monitor. Squamous cell carcinoma (scc) is the second most common skin cancer, but is also a type of cancer found in cancer of the esophagus and other organ systems like the lung. It has the potential for metastasis (spreading throughout the body) so early detection is critical. Scc of the skin is seen frequently in people who have had lots of sun exposure or sunburns in their younger days. See a derm. Read more...

Does invasive squamous cell carcinoma spread quickly?

Depends. Origin of cancer is very important. If skin, usually not unless large, ulcerated lesion. Depending on site, stage at presentation then plays a role. Squamous cancers can origin wherever there is skin lining with then resultant pattern of spread so tough to say more. Read more...

How do a squamous cell and squamous cell carcinoma differ?

SCC. Squamous cells are normal epithelial cells present in a layer of the skin called the epidermis. When the architecture of the cell is distorted, severely disorganized, and has uninhibited growth, it becomes a cancer. Read more...

Is a squamous cell something that forms squamous cell carcinoma?

Not necessarily. Squamous cells are normal constituents of skin and some of the other linings, e.g., vagina. Squamous cells per se do not give rise to any cancer. Some cancer have squamous cell features. Read more...

What is the squamous cell carcinoma keratinizing meaning? And is that danger or not?

Squamous cell. Depends on the location. On the skin, a squamous cell carcinoma is usually easily treated by excision. A squamous cell of the lung or of the head and neck is a totally different animal and very very serious. Read more...