Squamous cell carcinoma is a variation of skin cancer that is caused by the growth of abnormal skin cells. They often appear on the upper, visible layer of the skin and can present itself as open sores, unusual growths, warts, or scaly red patches. They may be troublesome, and bleed and scab consistently. When patients are dealing with what appears to be a wound that doesn't heal, it may need to be examined and biopsied to check for squamous cell carcinoma.
This type of skin cancer can form anywhere on the body, but typically develops on areas subjected to sun exposure such as the lips, ears, face, hands, arms, and legs. Patients who have squamous cell carcinoma are often worried about how to remove the cancerous skin cells without disfiguring a part of their body. This is where techniques such as Mohs micrographic surgery come into play.
Dr. Christine Lee offers Mohs micrographic surgery because it is one of the most successful skin cancer treatments, and because it leaves behind as many healthy skin cells as possible. This method of removing skin cancer is done layer by layer, with each layer being analyzed under a microscope for the detection of cancerous cells. The procedure continues until no further signs of skin cancer appear and the treatment area is stitched up. In some cases, patients may still need reconstructive surgery on the treatment site, but this will depend on how large the skin cancer area was.
At the East Bay Laser and Skin Care Center, Inc., we have the latest technologies and techniques to provide patients with the optimum care for their cosmetic and medical needs. If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer and you want the best in care and attention, visit Dr. Christine Lee today!
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