What causes basaloid squamous cell carcinoma?

Basaloid squamous cell carcinoma develops in two different types of cells: basaloid cells and squamous cells. In basaloid squamous cell carcinoma, the DNA that controls these cells is damaged, leading to an overgrowth of cells that forms a tumor. The exact cause of why this happens in some people and not others is unknown, but factors like smoking and drinking alcohol may be related to the cause of this cancer.

Continue Learning about Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

A highly curable skin cancer, squamous cell carcinoma (pronounced SKWAY-mus sel KAR-sih-NOH-muh) affects the cells that form your skin's outer layer. If you have fair skin, like tanning beds or sunburn easily, you're at risk for d...

eveloping this common cancer.Also called epidermoid carcinoma, this non-melanoma skin cancer may develop from the skin condition actinic keratosis (pronounced ak-TIH-nik KAYR-uh-TOH-sis), which gives your skin thick, scaly patches. If left untreated, squamous cell carcinoma can develop into large tumors and spread to nearby lymph nodes, a direct link to your immune system. However, when caught early, it is very rare for squamous cell carcinoma and its sister skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma, to spread. See your doctor immediately if you notice wounds that do not heal or changes in your skin, especially moles.

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