Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment in Miami, FL
Squamous cell carcinoma is a serious form of skin cancer that affects millions of people every day. At Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute, Jill Waibel, MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist, provides treatment for squamous cell carcinoma on people living in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Kendall, FL, and nearby cities.
What is Squamous Cell Carcinoma?
Squamous cells are situated just below the surface of the skin. As the second leading form of skin cancer, squamous cell carcinoma is characterized by a rough, scaly bump or growth that doesn’t heal. It requires a biopsy to determine if it is squamous cell carcinoma or another form of skin cancer.
What Causes Squamous Cell Carcinoma?
As with any form of skin cancer, overexposure to the sun is the primary cause of squamous cell carcinoma. Anyone who spends a great deal of time in the sun with or without the proper protection from the sun’s harmful rays are at risk for squamous cell carcinoma.
How is Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treated?
When caught early, squamous cell carcinoma is easily excised and eradicated before it has a chance to metastasize. The primary method of treating squamous cell carcinoma is Mohs surgery. Not only does it successfully remove any evidence of skin cancer, it ensures that there are no further treatments needed. It is possible to eliminate the entire lesion when excising it for biopsy as it is common to take some healthy tissue. Curettage and electrodesiccation is an treatment option for smaller squamous cell tumors.
What Should I Expect from Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatments?
There is some healing following the treatment to ensure the wound does not get infected. When caught and excised early, it is very possible that you will not require any further treatment for skin cancer. Prevention is imperative following the removal of squamous cell carcinoma. This includes full body skin exams every year and the use of high SPF moisturizer, sunscreen and even clothing, especially if you work outdoors.
Am I a Good Candidate for Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatments?
If you have a lesion or mark that looks like it may be squamous cell carcinoma or any other type of skin cancer, you should schedule an appointment at Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute. If we suspect you may have cancer, we excise and biopsy the lesion so that we can proceed from there with the most effective treatment option.
At Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute, the board-certified dermatologists are knowledgeable, experienced, and well-trained in the latest advances of squamous cell carcinoma treatments. If you live in Miami, Fort Lauderdale or Kendall, FL, as well as the other surrounding communities, Jill Waibel, MD, FAAD, treats many forms of skin cancer including squamous cell carcinoma. Contact us to schedule a consultation.