Too many days at the beach without proper sun protection or too much time in a tanning bed can cause significant skin damage, including squamous cell carcinoma (sometimes referred to as SCC).
The second most common form of skin cancer (after basal cell skin carcinoma), squamous cell skin cancer is on the rise with more than 1 million cases diagnosed each year in the United States. Unlike basal cell cancer, which doesn't spread, squamous cell cancer can spread to the lymph nodes and even to internal organs.
Yale Medicine's dermatologists are known for their specialized expertise in treating complex skin disorders of all kinds, including skin cancer. "We get referred the cases that need special attention," says David J. Leffell, MD, section chief of Dermatologic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology at Yale Medicine..