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Squamous cell carcinoma is a common type of cancer that develops in the top layers of the skin, often in areas of the body that receive regular sun exposure, such as the face, shoulders and backs of the hands. Usually, the first sign is a small, scaly red patch or sore that doesn’t heal within a few weeks.

Squamous cell carcinomas generally respond well to treatment, but early detection is crucial. When left untreated, the cancer can potentially progress and spread to other areas of the body. Therefore, it’s important to promptly discuss any unusual skin changes with a physician.

Even though most people who are diagnosed with early-stage squamous cell carcinoma have a very good prognosis, a cancer diagnosis of any kind can be unsettling. To help put your mind at ease, the multispecialty team of dermatologists, pathologists and oncologists in the Cutaneous Oncology Program at Moffitt Cancer Center has put together some potentially helpful answers to the following frequently asked questions (FAQs) about squamous cell carcinoma:

 If you would like to discuss your skin cancer symptoms with a squamous cell carcinoma specialist at Moffitt, you can request an appointment by calling 1-888-663-3488 or completing our new patient registration form online. We welcome new patients with or without referrals.