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What is the first-line treatment for squamous cell carcinoma?

Dr. Ellen Marmur, MD
Dermatology

As with all skin cancers, surgical excision is the best remedy for squamous cell carcinoma that has penetrated the basement membrane of the skin. As with BCC, Mohs surgery is the gold standard. Also as with BCC, an alternative for the removal of small, superficial lesions can be curettage and electrodessication (scraping and burning).

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