Squamous Cell Carcinoma: Get Your Skin Checked
A cancer diagnosis can be devastating, and skin cancer is no exception. We often do not appreciate our beautiful and hardworking skin until squamous cell carcinoma, or another skin cancer is diagnosed. That is the reason Shereen Timani, M.D., at Johns Creek Dermatology in Johns Creek, GA, stresses regularly scheduled appointments to have your skin checked.
The Beauty of Skin
Human skin is amazing. Since it is the largest organ on the body, dermatologists like Dr. Timani have to study extensively to understand how it works and what can go wrong with it. Skin helps regulate body temperature and water loss. It monitors sensation to protect the body. The word “cutaneous” is often used in describing dermatological conditions. It is Latin and simply means “of the skin.” Skin types range from dry to oily, and skin colors vary widely.
Sun Worshipers Beware
No matter what type or color, a person’s skin can harbor up to or more than 1000 species of bacteria. Skin cancer is a condition that often appears in sun worshippers or individuals whose jobs are mainly conducted outside. Squamous cell carcinoma, SCC, the second most common form of skin cancer, is a condition Dr. Timani can diagnose and treat in her office. It can appear anywhere on the body but most commonly is found on areas that are constantly exposed to the sun such as the lips, face, scalp, neck, hands, arms, and legs.
Look For the Signs
SCC should not be left untreated. If you have a scaly red patch or an open sore that does not go away, get checked by a board-certified dermatologist to make sure it is not cancer. Getting an all-over skin check once a year is a key to catching a problem early. Early treatment is the key to survival when it comes to cancer. Since more than 15,000 Americans die each year from SCC, it’s critical to make sure you do not become a victim.
Tanning Beds are Not Good
Sun exposure is the cause of most cases of SCC. Long-term exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation damages the skin to the point where cells become cancerous. Tanning beds are credited with causing an uptick in the numbers of women who are diagnosed with SCC.
SCC occurs in those who have fair skin, light hair, and blue, green or gray eyes most frequently. Individuals who work in the sun such as construction workers, lawn care professionals, or roofers are more prone to the condition because of the constant exposure to the sun. Even those who spend leisure time in the sun such as golfers or swimmers are more at risk. Anyone who has been diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma should be very careful. This condition can be the precursor of SCC. Tanning beds should be avoided to preserve and protect the skin.
Each patient is unique; therefore, results may vary.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma can be serious if it is not detected in its earliest stage. It’s important to be checked. Make an appointment to see Dr. Timani at Johns Creek Dermatology to make sure you do not have any precancerous conditions or skin cancer. Our office is conveniently located to serve all of North Fulton County including Roswell, Milton, Alpharetta, and Johns Creek.