Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU Massey Cancer Center

What is squamous cell carcinoma?

Squamous cell skin cancer (sometimes referred to as nonmelanoma carcinoma) may appear as nodules, or as red, scaly patches of skin.

Who is at risk for squamous cell carcinoma?

Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common skin cancer found in Caucasians and is usually found on fair-skinned persons.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the cure rate for squamous cell carcinoma is 95 percent when properly treated.

Where is squamous cell carcinoma found?

Squamous cell carcinoma typically is found on the rim of the ear, face, lips and mouth; however, it can spread to other parts of the body. Although generally more aggressive than basal cell carcinoma, this cancer is highly treatable.