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What causes stage 2 squamous cell carcinoma?

Stage 2 squamous cell carcinoma develops in the squamous cells, or keratinocytes, which make up the 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 2 squamous cell carcinoma, the DNA that controls that growth cycle is damaged, most commonly by ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. This causes an overgrowth and buildup of squamous cells, which forms a squamous cell carcinoma. If a stage 1 squamous cell carcinoma is left untreated, it will grow larger and advance to stage 2.

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Is there a cure for stage 2 squamous cell carcinoma?
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How common is stage 2 squamous cell carcinoma?
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How does stage 2 squamous cell carcinoma affect the body?
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Does stage 2 squamous cell carcinoma affect men differently than women?
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