Skin cancers are tricky to detect. In order to diagnose the cancer, your doctor will note down your detailed medical history. In addition to this, your level of exposure to the sun and any past experience with skin cancer too is generally discussed. After you spot a mark or patch on the skin, your doctor will get the same examined and checked for large lymph nodes.
Once a biopsy is performed, and any cause of concern is pinpointed, the doctor will go in for skin removal. Subject to examination and findings of the same after this removal, your treatment plan for squamous cell carcinoma is deduced.
Most cases of squamous cell carcinomas are cured with early detection. Delaying the treatment for the same is harmful since it spreads rapidly. Squamous cell carcinomas of any part of the face around the centre are of high-risk category. These could also metastasize. Small squamous cell carcinomas that have an edge and are superficial come with a lower risk of recurrence. Such cancers are low risk. Get in touch with a doctor today if you find a bothersome or the usual patch on any area of the face or skin elsewhere.
Squamous cell carcinoma treatment
Squamous cell carcinoma is a type of skin cancer. Cancer in itself sounds a dangerous word and when it comes to squamous cell carcinoma it become more of a matter of concern. Squamous cell carcinoma is a second most common type of cancer of the skin. Squamous cell carcinoma develops on the squamous cells which are flat and scaly in nature. Squamous cells are found on the epidermis which is outer most layer of the skin. If the squamous cell carcinoma treatment is not carried out on time it can lead to complications of the skin
Squamous cell carcinoma can affect any part of the body where the skin is present. There are many causes behind the cancer of the squamous cell. The main reason is prolonged exposure to ultra violet rays. Regular and unnecessary exposure to tanning beds and lamps can also cause squamous cell carcinoma. Squamous cell carcinoma can be easily diagnosed early for proper treatment. However if the treatment is delayed squamous cell carcinoma can spread to other parts of the skin and further the damage to the skin. All the parts of body which are under constant exposure to skin especially the lip, ear, face, exposed scalp, neck, hand, arms and legs are at risk of squamous cell carcinoma.
The most common indication of squamous cell carcinoma is the appearance of a scaly looking patch of skin. This scaly patch appears like a bump that has a shape of a dome. Other symptoms of squamous cell carcinoma include appearance of red nodules, a new sore on a previous ulcer, patch on the upper lip, and scaly patches inside the mouth. Any kind of such appearance should be reported to the doctor immediately for detection and treatment of squamous cell carcinoma.
Top doctors like Dr. Debraj Shome recommend early diagnosis and treatment of squamous cell carcinoma. Patients who notice early appearance of freckles and wrinkles on the face are also screened for squamous cell carcinoma. Before beginning the treatment for squamous cell carcinoma Dr. Debraj Shome will perform a biopsy on the affected skin area along with a physical exam. The results of the biopsy and physical exam will determine the method of the treatment for squamous cell carcinoma.
Dr. Debraj Shome will discuss various treatment methods for squamous cell carcinoma with the patient. The various treatment methods for squamous cell carcinoma include:
Electrodsicallation and cruettage: In this method of treatment the skin affected by cancer is scraped and the base is scorched with an electric needle.
Curtettage and Cryotherapy: In this method of treatment of squamous cell carcinoma the base and the edge of the site of the cancer is treated with liquid nitrogen. Many sessions are required of this kind of treatment and it has a low cure rate but this method of the treatment is totally non-invasive and does not leave any scar at all.
Mohs Surgery for treatment of squamous cell carcinoma: In this type of treatment the cancer cells are removed layer by layer till the doctor reaches the layer of skin which is not affected by cancer.
Other common treatments for squamous cell carcinoma include laser therapy, photodynamic therapy, simple excision and freezing using nitrogen.
Dr. Debraj Shome is amongst the most experienced facial plastic surgeons in the world, with many thousand face procedures performed in his career. Dr. Shome is co founder of The Esthetic Clinics ®, a chain of cosmetic centers located in Mumbai, India.