In the last few decades, sunscreen lotions and sun umbrella sales have sky-rocketed due to one nasty disease: squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Gone are the care-free days of sun bathing and purposely exposing naked skin the sun. One of the main risk factors for this deadly skin cancer is prolonged to UV rays, usually from extended time spent outdoors without skin protection for work or leisure activities. However, there are other risk factors that can also lead to a higher chance of SCC.
Male. Men are diagnosed with SCC twice as often as women. However, this can be contributed to the fact that men may be more likely to be out in the sun than women.
Age. There are more cases of SCC in people over the age of 50, although the number affected younger adults in their twenties and thirties is increasing.
Fair skin. Having fair skin increases the risk of skin cancer, including SCC. But, all skin types are susceptible to skin cancer, regardless of race or skin color.
Tanning beds. It is estimated that using tanning beds can increase the chance of SCC dramatically. According to Skincancer.org, those who use tanning beds are 2.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with SCC in their lifetime.
Skin infections. Anyone who has had chronic skin infections or inflammation can have a higher risk for SCC.
The first signs of SCC are usually skin irregularities such as a raised, scaly growth on the skin or a sore on the lips or mouth. Any growth or sore that does not seem to heal should be examined by a dermatologist to rule out SCC. As with most cancers, early detection and treatment gives the best chance for survival.
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Medical Dermatology Specialists
875 Johnson Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30342
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