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What are the symptoms of squamous cell carcinoma?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Symptoms of squamous cell carcinoma usually begin with some kind of skin lesion or growth. Often, the tumors of squamous cell carcinoma will look like a red bump or a scaly red patch of skin that won't heal. Tumors are often crusty and raised, and they may look like sores or ulcers that won't heal. Squamous cell carcinoma most commonly develops on areas of skin that are exposed to the sun (such as the face, neck, and arms) but can develop almost anywhere, including the mouth and anus. The lesions are also more likely to develop on skin that's already been damaged, either by a scar or by a chronic skin infection or ulcer. If you notice any suspicious symptoms, especially sores that won't heal, talk to your doctor.

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