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Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Key Points

  • Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is common skin cancer. It typically arises in elderly individuals from precursor lesions that are a result of chronic UV damage, but younger immunosuppressed patients are also at increased risk.
  • Accurate and timely diagnosis is essential to guide the appropriate management of SCC, and a skin biopsy is recommended for diagnosis and to help guide treatment.
  • Surgical excision is almost always the first-line treatment for SCC. Mohs micrographic surgery may be used to remove lesions on the face or other body sites where wide excision is not feasible.
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