Clear Lake Dermatologists Serve Patients Requiring Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment in Webster, League City, Friendswood and Houston, TX
Squamous cell carcinoma is a type of skin cancer thought to be caused by exposure to ultraviolet light. In its early stages, this disease is often unnoticeable due to its location or the size of growths. It can also be easy to mistake squamous cell carcinoma for other skin disorders, which is why patients in Houston, League City, and the surrounding Bay Area should contact Clear Lake Dermatology if they notice unusual skin growths.
Ultraviolet light can cause damage to an individual’s DNA, resulting in new skin cells being unable to come to the skin’s surface because old ones fail to be removed. This condition causes unusual skin growth patterns that may take some time to fully manifest. Squamous cell carcinoma is most commonly found on the face and neck, but tumors can actually appear anywhere on the body.
Squamous cell carcinomas vary in appearance from flat and crusty bumps to white ulcers. They may also appear to be solid red nodules or raised patches of skin. No matter what their appearance, squamous cell carcinoma growths may bleed or seem to be sores that do not heal properly. These growths remain despite any attempts to remove them with over-the-counter medications.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment
The methods of treating squamous cell carcinoma vary with the type and depth of growth. Some lesions may be surgically removed by cutting or freezing the growth along with some surrounding tissue. Light therapy is sometimes used to kill cancerous cells, as well. A biopsy is normally taken to confirm a diagnosis and help our doctors develop a treatment plan.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma Post-Treatment
Squamous cell carcinoma tends to spread slowly but can nonetheless spread to other areas of the body if left untreated. When growths are removed, they may sometimes reappear in the same area a short time later. Patients can also develop growths on other areas of their bodies, even when squamous cell carcinoma is fully removed, so regular skin examinations are important.
Squamous cell carcinoma can be a serious condition, so patients who suspect they may have this condition should not delay contacting our doctors.