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What causes stage 1 squamous cell carcinoma?

Stage 1 squamous cell carcinoma develops in the squamous cells, or keratinocytes, which make up your outer layer of skin. Normally, these cells go through a growth cycle in which old cells die and are pushed out by new cells continuously. In stage 1 squamous cell carcinoma, the DNA that controls that growth cycle is damaged, most commonly by UV radiation from the sun. This causes an overgrowth and buildup of squamous cells, which forms a squamous cell carcinoma. If a stage 0 squamous cell carcinoma is left untreated, it will advance and lead to stage 1.

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