Squamous Cell Carcinoma in Palm Beach Gardens & Stuart, FL
If you’ve been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, you can count on Florida Dermatology Specialists for effective care that preserves your skin health as best as possible. We specialize in advanced skin cancer treatments and services, welcoming patients from Palm Beach Gardens, Stuart, Port St. Lucie and the nearby areas of Florida.
What is Squamous Cell Carcinoma?
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is one of the most common types of skin cancer, which is derived from the squamous cells that make up the middle layers of the skin. Like most other types of skin cancer, squamous cell carcinoma is caused by sun exposure that damages these skin cells. For this reason, it often develops on the face, neck and other areas that are frequently exposed to the sun. It can have several different appearances, such as:
- Scaly, red skin
- Rough, thickened skin
- Raised growth
- Crusting and bleeding
A minority (roughly 4%) of squamous cell carcinomas will metastasize, or spread, inside the body. Recent data has provided some insight as to which tumors are more high risk, and may require imaging studies like ultrasound, CT scans, or MRIs. Immunosuppressed patients have a much higher risk of developing SCC.
How is Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treated?
Squamous cell carcinoma often grows relatively slowly, although at times it may grow very quickly, which would mean it’s important to start treatment promptly after receiving a diagnosis. When detected early, SCC can be treated with a number of options, primarily through surgical excision, Mohs surgery, or at times a simple destruction, also known as electrodesiccation and curettage. Mohs surgery is an effective treatment option, depending on the tumor size and location, and one that we often recommend due to its high success rate and its ability to preserve healthy skin tissue in the treatment area. If your squamous cell carcinoma is growing quickly, please call the office for an expedited evaluation and treatment.
How Much Does Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment Cost?
The cost of squamous cell carcinoma treatment at Florida Dermatology Specialists can vary depending on the procedures involved and the extent of treatment needed. In most cases, your treatment may be eligible for coverage by health insurance. During your initial consultation, we will develop a personalized treatment plan and assess your insurance coverage to determine the exact cost of treatment that you will be responsible for.
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What Can I Expect from Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment?
Your squamous cell carcinoma treatment will depend on the severity of your tumor and the treatment approach that will be most effective for you. Fortunately, when caught early, squamous cell carcinoma is usually curable with a high success rate. However, squamous cell carcinoma that is in its later stages, although rare, may spread to other parts of the body. In these cases, patients will need a more thorough treatment process that addresses areas beyond the skin and referral to a medical oncologist. During your visit, Dr. Krathen will let you know what to expect during and after your skin cancer treatment.
Why Choose Florida Dermatology Specialists for Squamous Cell Carcinoma Treatment?
Florida Dermatology Specialists is the premier practice for squamous cell carcinoma treatment, as our team of dermatologists and dermatologic surgeons specialize in patient-focused skin cancer diagnosis and treatment. Led by Dr. Richard Krathen, board-certified Dermatologist, board-certified Micrographic Dermatologic Surgeon, and fellowship-trained Mohs Surgeon, we offer the very best in squamous cell carcinoma treatment to provide patients with safe and effective care.
If you’re interested in learning more about squamous cell carcinoma treatment at Florida Dermatology Specialists, contact us today. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have or help you schedule your initial consultation. With offices in Palm Beach Gardens and Stuart, we welcome patients from Okeechobee, Jupiter and Juno Beach, FL.