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Learn more about how to spot a squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)

How to look for a SCC.

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) starts in the squamous cells of the epidermis (the top layer of skin). SCC is a type of non-melanoma skin cancer.

Look for spots that appear as a thickened, red, scaly or crusted spot or rapidly growing lump. Similar to BCC, they are more likely to grow on frequently sun exposed areas of the body.


SCC can grow quickly over several weeks or months. If left untreated, SCC can spread to other parts of the body.

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