The second most common form of skin cancer is squamous cell carcinoma. Although all types of skin cancer are serious, squamous cell carcinoma can be easily treated when detected early. However severe your condition, Alta Vista Dermatology offers squamous cell carcinoma treatment to men and women living in the Highlands Ranch and Denver, CO, areas.
What is Squamous Cell Carcinoma?
Squamous cell carcinoma is a form of skin cancer that occurs in the outer layers of the skin, and can develop as thick, scaly patches that resemble warts. Like other types of skin cancer, squamous cell carcinoma typically develops as a result of frequent sun exposure. For that reason, it is most often found on the face, neck, arms, and other areas that are commonly exposed to sunlight. Fortunately, squamous cell carcinoma can be detected early with regular skin exams, and is easily treated afterwards.
How is Squamous Cell Carcinoma Detected and Treated?
Squamous cell carcinoma, like most skin cancers, is typically detected with cancer screenings. If you have noticed scaly or crusty growths on areas that are commonly exposed to the sun, you may want to consider scheduling a cancer screening. At Alta Vista Dermatology, we provide full body skin examinations to detect and diagnose skin cancer. Once diagnosed, we will be able to recommend the appropriate treatment. For the treatment of squamous cell carcinoma, we typically recommend Mohs surgery.
What Can I Expect from Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment?
Mohs surgery is performed using local anesthetic to ensure that the patient is entirely comfortable during the procedure. First, the cancerous growth is removed from the skin, preventing cancer from spreading. Then, a thin layer of tissue is removed to ensure that all of the cancerous cells are removed. If it appears that cancer has spread deeper in the skin, those layers will be removed one by one. This technique is used to make sure that only cancerous tissue is removed and your healthy skin remains unharmed.
What is Recovery Like After Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment?
The Mohs surgery procedure is very precise and only removes the cancerous skin tissue, which contributes to an easy and quick recovery after treatment. Patients are typically able to resume work and other normal activities the day after their procedure, although exercise and other strenuous activities may need to be avoided for as long as three weeks. If you experience any discomfort after your surgery, over-the-counter pain relievers are often all that is needed to provide relief.
Residents of Denver, Highlands Ranch, and the surrounding areas of Colorado can find the skin cancer treatment they need at Alta Vista Dermatology. Specializing in Mohs surgery and other advanced skin care techniques, our team of board-certified medical professionals have considerable experience in the treatment of skin cancer. To schedule an appointment or learn more about our services, please contact us today.
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