Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)

Edinburgh Waterfront Hospital

Our reputable dermatologists and plastic surgeons specialise in diagnosing and treating squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), the second most common form of skin cancer. We are equipped with the expertise and advanced medical technology to provide comprehensive care for patients diagnosed with SCC.

Squamous cell carcinoma often arises in areas frequently exposed to the sun, manifesting as red, scaly patches, open sores, or elevated growths with a central depression. It may crust or bleed and can become disfiguring if not treated promptly. Early detection is crucial for effective treatment and can significantly reduce the risk of SCC spreading to other parts of the body.

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Understanding SCC

  • Appearance: SCC often presents as a red, scaly patch, an open sore, or an elevated growth with a central depression. It may crust over, itch, bleed, or become tender.
  • Risk Factors: Factors that increase the risk of SCC include fair skin, excessive sun exposure, a history of sunburns, use of tanning beds, and a weakened immune system.
  • Potential for Spread: While SCC is typically not life-threatening, it can be more aggressive than basal cell carcinoma. If left untreated, it has the potential to grow deep into the skin and spread to other parts of the body, making early detection and treatment crucial.
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Squamous cell carcinoma treatment options

Our clinic offers specialised dermatology and plastic surgery services for treating squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), ensuring comprehensive and effective care for our patients. Our approach integrates dermatologists’ expertise with plastic surgeons’ skills to provide both successful cancer treatment and optimal cosmetic outcomes.

Dermatology Treatment Options:

  • Excisional Surgery: The most common treatment involves the surgical removal of the SCC lesion along with a margin of healthy tissue to ensure complete cancer eradication.
  • Cryosurgery: For small, superficial SCCs, freezing the cancer cells with liquid nitrogen can be a suitable option.

Plastic Surgery Options:

  • Reconstructive Surgery: Following the removal of larger SCCs, reconstructive surgery may be necessary to repair the site, focusing on restoring both function and appearance, especially in areas like the face or neck.
  • Advanced Closure Techniques: Our plastic surgeons employ various advanced closure techniques to minimise scarring and achieve the best aesthetic results post-surgery. These include using skin grafts or local flaps.

Prevention and Early Detection:

  • Regularly using sunscreen with high SPF, wearing protective clothing, and avoiding excessive sun exposure are key preventive measures.
  • Regular skin checks are important, as early detection of changes or new growths on the skin can lead to more effective treatment.

Our team collaborates closely to assess each case of SCC and develop a treatment plan that not only targets the carcinoma effectively but also addresses the patient’s aesthetic concerns. We are committed to providing personalised care, from the initial diagnosis through to post-treatment recovery, ensuring the best outcomes for both health and appearance.

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