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Chelsea File, PA-C
Sherri Howard, MMS, PA-C
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We have a wide range of services designed to address your specific skincare needs.
Conditions Acne
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Contact Dermatitis
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Mole Removal
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Our cosmetic services are tailored to remedy your skincare needs.
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Squamous Cell Carcinoma

A common type of skin cancer that begins when UV light from the sun damages the skin, later causing a cancerous tumor.

What is it?

This cancer initiates in the squamous cells that constitute the middle and outer layers of the skin. Squamous cell carcinoma is common and usually not life-threatening. Nonetheless, if left untreated, it can expand significantly and may even spread to other body parts. If the cancer penetrates too deeply into the skin patients can experience damage to nerves, blood vessels, and tissue beyond the skin.

The cause of squamous cell carcinoma is excessive exposure to ultraviolet light, such as sunlight, tanning beds, or lamps. It manifests as a solid bump or nodule on the skin. Symptoms can differ, but signs to watch out for include a coarse, reddish or scaly patch; a persistent open sore; a wart-like growth, or a sore appearing in an old scar. If you find a bump and it doesn't heal promptly, visit our dermatology clinic in Bexley, OH for an exam.

How is it treated?

To determine whether your spot is cancerous, we will thoroughly inspect the impacted area. If it appears potentially cancerous, we will proceed with a biopsy to collect a sample for more in-depth analysis. This quick procedure entails your dermatologist administering a local anesthetic to the area and excising all (or part) of the lesion. The skin sample obtained by your dermatologist will subsequently be evaluated in a lab to determine whether your tissue is benign (normal, non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Laboratory assessment also identitfies the specific type of skin cancer and/or if the cancer possesses any additional characteristics indicative of higher aggression or concern.

Our cancer team at Bexley Dermatology, has specialized training and certification across skin cancer treatments such as surgical excision, Mohs surgery, immunotherapy, targeted drug therapy, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. As part of DOCS dermatology, our team has access to state-of-the-art clinical trials for cancers that are less responsive to traditional treatments.

Keep in mind: early detection is key to an effective treatment plan. Make an appointment today if you have a concerning spot on your skin.

We would love to get started on a solution that perfectly fits your needs.