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Squamous Cell Carcinoma - Facts about SCC


SCC usually appears as a thick, red scaly spot that can easily bleed, ulcerate or crust. Both recent and cumulative UVR (Ultra Violet Radiation) exposure is implicated in the development of SCC.

SCC is most commonly seen in the elderly and is three times more common in men than women.

Further facts on SCC:

  • Known as a non melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) and is the second most common form of skin cancer.

  • SCC are more dangerous than BCC but not as dangerous as melanoma.

  • It normally grows over weeks to months, and appears on skin most commonly exposed to UVR e.g. head, neck, forearms, upper body.

  • It can spread to other parts of the body.


The risk of SCC is increased in people who:

  • Have a history of severe childhood/adolescent sunburn

  • Use sunbeds

  • Have red or blonde hair

  • Are fair skinned

  • Burn easily/Tan poorly