One of the most common skin cancers we see and treat at the Asarch Center is Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC), and Coloradans are at an increased risk of this type of cancer as it is caused by UV exposure. Our climate is both high in altitude and UV index here in Colorado.
This skin cancer tends to develop on skin that has been exposed to the sun over many years and therefore, occurs on sun-exposed areas of the skin. However, it is also possible to get SCC on any part of the body, including the inside of the mouth, lips, and genitals. According to the AAD, People who use tanning beds have a much higher risk of getting SCC. They also tend to get SCC earlier in life.
SCC can vary in appearance from a raised lesion with a thick stuck on scale to a growing open, non-healing sore. If left untreated, squamous cell carcinomas run the risk of spreading to other parts of the body.
- UV exposure is the #1 cause of SCC
- Lengthy exposure to cancer-causing chemicals
- Tobacco Use
With early diagnosis and treatment, SCC is highly curable.
Prompt treatment, often utilizing the Mohs surgery technique, allows removal while preserving as much normal surrounding skin as possible. Here are the possible treatment options you can discuss with your doctor:
- Mohs surgery
- When the SCC is caught early, it may be treated by Curettage and electrodesiccation, Photodynamic therapy or Laser treatment
Dr. Richard Asarch and Dr. Adam Asarch have performed over 30,000 Mohs Surgeries for Skin Cancer Removal.
The Asarch Center values each and every patient. Our team of medical experts receive specialized training in their respective fields to provide our patients with the most up to date treatments, procedures and the highest standard of care.