These are the second most common skin cancer in white and fair skinned people. SCC is rare in dark skinned people. Like BCCs, most SCCs develop in people over the age of 60. An SCC typically develops on the face - most commonly on or around the ears or lips. But, again, any area of skin can be affected. It typically starts as a small crusted or scaly area or skin with a red or pink base. It may grow into a lump which may look like a wart. An SCC may ulcerate or bleed from time to time. However, an early SCC can vary in shape, appearance and colour.
As an SCC grows larger and deeper, it damages nearby structures. For example, if left untreated, an SCC next to a nose or ear can grow into, erode, and then completely destroy the nose or ear. An SCC may also spread (metastasise) to other areas of the body. However, this is uncommon in the early stages and most are treated before any spread occurs.
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