Squamous Cell Carcinoma Specialist Mark Mehrany MD
Skin Cancer Specialists & Mohs Surgeons located in San Jose or Modesto
About 2 out of 10 skin cancers are squamous cell carcinomas. If you suspect you have this form of cancer, the office of Mark Mehrany, MD, in San Jose or Modesto, offers highly effective Mohs surgery in an accredited onsite surgical center. Mohs surgery removes squamous cell carcinoma while sparing your skin.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
What is squamous cell carcinoma?
Squamous cell carcinoma is a common skin cancer. Because it appears on your skin's surface, it’s possible to detect it early when it’s highly treatable. Most skin cancers start in the epidermis, the top layer of skin. Squamous cells are flat cells found in this top layer. Your skin sheds these flat cells as new cells grow. When these cells grow uncontrollably, they may become a form of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma.
What are the signs of squamous cell carcinoma?
Squamous cell carcinoma can cause reddish, scaly, and sometimes crusted patches on your skin. These patches are early signs of skin cancer.
These growths usually appear where your skin has been exposed to the sun, such as your:
Squamous cell carcinoma also forms on the back of your hands.
How do doctors diagnose squamous cell carcinoma?
The team at Mark Mehrany, MD, includes skin cancer specialists who know how to identify squamous cell carcinoma. They begin by carefully examining your skin for signs of skin cancer.
If they see a spot that could be a squamous cell carcinoma, they take a biopsy of the growth. A biopsy involves numbing the area and then surgically removing all or part of it. Biopsying your skin is the only way to know for sure whether you have squamous cell carcinoma or not.
This biopsied tissue undergoes an examination under a high-powered microscope. This examination tells your provider whether you have skin cancer. If you have squamous cell carcinoma, they discuss appropriate treatments for your condition.
What are the treatments for squamous cell carcinoma?
The office of Mark Mehrany, MD, offers Mohs surgery to treat squamous cell carcinoma. This highly specialized procedure involves the use of a surgical instrument and a microscope to slice away all of the cancer cells carefully.
If you need a skin cancer check or Mohs surgery, call the office of Mark Mehrany, MD today.
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