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How does stage 0 squamous cell carcinoma affect the body?

Stage 0 squamous cell carcinoma begins in the squamous cells, or keratinocytes, that make up your top layer of skin. When the DNA that controls the cells' growth is damaged, it causes an overgrowth and buildup of skin cells. This results in the symptoms you see, such as red bumps or scaly patches on your skin. Stage 0 squamous cell carcinoma most commonly affects areas of skin that are exposed to the sun (especially the face, neck, and arms), but may develop almost anywhere on the body. At stage 0, squamous cell carcinoma is still only in the epidermis, or top layer of skin. However, if it's left untreated, the cancer can spread deeper into the skin and through the body.

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