Should I worry if I have squamous cell carcinoma?
Squamous cell carcinoma of the skin is usually not life-threatening, though it can be aggressive. Untreated, squamous cell carcinoma of the skin can grow large or spread to other parts of your body, causing serious complications.
Is Basal Cell Carcinoma bad?
How dangerous is BCC? While BCCs rarely spread beyond the original tumor site, if allowed to grow, these lesions can be disfiguring and dangerous. Untreated BCCs can become locally invasive, grow wide and deep into the skin and destroy skin, tissue and bone.
What is the difference between basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma?
Squamous cell carcinomas are a cancer of the skin (and other parts of the body) that are characterized by malignant tumors that develop in epithelial keratinocytes, or the cells that produce keratin. It is the second most common skin cancer within the white population, with basal cell carcinoma being the first most common skin cancer.
What to do if you have basal or squamous cell skin cancer?
Ask your doctor if your lymph nodes will be tested. Basal and squamous cell cancers don’t often spread to other parts of the body. But if your doctor thinks your skin cancer might spread, you might need imaging tests, such as MRI or CT scans. What tests will I need? Who will do these tests? Where will they be done? Who can explain them to me?
What kind of skin cancer looks like squamous cell?
Squamous cell carcinoma. About 2 out of 10 skin cancers are squamous cell carcinomas (also called squamous cell cancers). The cells in these cancers look like abnormal versions of the squamous cells seen in the outer layers of the skin.
Where can squamous cell carcinoma be found in the body?
Squamous cell carcinoma can occur anywhere there are squamous cells in the body (i.e. skin, lungs, etc.). When this type of cancer occurs in the skin, it is not usually life-threatening. Although not usually life-threatening, squamous cell carcinoma can grow deep into the skin.