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How common is squamous cell carcinoma?

Jenny C. Hu, MD
Dermatology
Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common type of skin cancer, following basal cell carcinoma. About 200,000 cases are diagnosed per year. It is seen more in the older population, especially in whites due to their fair skin.

Squamous cell carcinoma is a pretty common type of skin cancer. It's difficult to determine the exact number of cases of squamous cell carcinoma, but it's estimated that there are about 200,000 to 300,000 new cases diagnosed in the United States each year. The number of squamous cell carcinoma cases - and cases of skin cancer in general - is increasing each year.

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