Squamous Cell Skin Cancer

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Why Yale Medicine?
  • We have a skin cancer cure rate even higher than the published rate of 98 to 99 percent.
  • Our dermatologists treat complex skin cancer cases that need special attention.
  • If plastic surgery is needed, we do it immediately after the cancer is removed.

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 cancer), squamous cell skin cancer is on the rise with more than one million cases diagnosed each year in the U.S. 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, professor of dermatology, plastic surgery and otolaryngology at Yale School of Medicine and section chief of dermatologic surgery at Yale Medicine. While the published cure rate for squamous cell cancer is in the 98 to 99 percent range, he says that Yale Medicine cure rates are even higher. 

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