Squamous cell carcinoma

Common Name(s)

Squamous cell carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma is a type of cancer that develops in a type of flat-shaped cell that lines the skin and other organs. The most common location where squamous cell carcinoma develops is the skin, usually in areas that are frequently exposed to sunlight. Although less common, squamous cell carcinoma can also grow on the lips, in the mouth, or in the lungs. Cancers form when a change (mutation) in DNA causes certain cells to grow out of control, sometimes forming a lump or a tumor. Some of these cancerous cells can break off and spread to other parts of the body where they will continue to grow (metastasis).

Squamous cell carcinoma most commonly occurs in adults between the ages of 40 and 60, although it can be found in all age groups. Factors that increase the risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma include prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light and fair skin. Having an organ transplant can also increase the risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma, as medications taken after surgery can decrease the body’s ability to protect itself from damage.

The most common symptoms of squamous cell carcinoma of the skin include scaly, red skin patches and unexplained bleeding in areas affected by tumor growth. Other signs include the formation of white ulcers in the mouth and sun-exposed areas. Diagnosis is usually made with a combination of a physical exam, imaging studies, blood tests, and other laboratory studies. Diagnosis may require a doctor to take a biopsy, or sample, of the tissue to look at under a microscope in order to determine if the cells are growing in an abnormal way.

Treatment for squamous cell carcinoma depends on many factors such as how large the cancer is and if it has spread to other areas of the body. If you or a family member has been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, talk to your doctor about the most current treatment options. Support groups are also available for more resources and information.

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Cancer Hope Network

To provide one-on-one support to people undergoing treatment for cancer and to their families. We provide this support by training individuals who have recovered from cancer and matching them with cancer patients currently undergoing a similar experience. Through this matching process, we strive to instill hope and to make a difference in their fight against cancer.

Last Updated: 29 Jul 2015

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Following organizations serve the condition "Squamous cell carcinoma" for support, advocacy or research.

Cancer Hope Network

To provide one-on-one support to people undergoing treatment for cancer and to their families. We provide this support by training individuals who have recovered from cancer and matching them with cancer patients currently undergoing a similar experience. Through this matching process, we strive to instill hope and to make a difference in their fight against cancer.

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Last Updated: 29 Jul 2015

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Squamous cell carcinoma" returned 6027 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

IMAGES IN CLINICAL MEDICINE. Squamous-Cell Carcinoma of the Penis with Human Papillomavirus.
 

Author(s): Husein Husein-El Ahmed, Guillermo A Cañadas-De la Fuente

Journal: N. Engl. J. Med.. 2016 Jan;374(2):164.

 

Last Updated: 14 Jan 2016

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Secondhand Smoking and the Risk of Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma in a High Incidence Region, Kashmir, India: A Case-control-observational Study.
 

Author(s): Rumaisa Rafiq, Idrees Ayoub Shah, Gulzar Ahmad Bhat, Mohd Maqbool Lone, Farhad Islami, Paolo Boffetta, Nazir Ahmad Dar

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2016 Jan;95(1):e2340.

 

Studies have associated secondhand smoking (SHS) with cancers of the lung, larynx, and pharynx. Only a few studies have examined the association between SHS and esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) and the findings are inconclusive. We aimed to investigate the association between ...

Last Updated: 7 Jan 2016

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Minichromosome maintenance-2 (MCM2) expression differentiates oral squamous cell carcinoma from pre-cancerous lesions.
 

Author(s): Seyed Mohammad Razavi, Maryam Jafari, Mitra Heidarpoor, Saeedeh Khalesi

Journal: Malays J Pathol. 2015 Dec;37(3):253-8.

 

Proteins necessary for DNA replication and normal regulation for the cell cycle include minichromosome maintenance-2 (Mcm-2). Overexpression of this protein in several premalignant and malignant lesions has been observed. In this study, the diagnostic value of Mcm-2 expression in ...

Last Updated: 29 Dec 2015

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The terms "Squamous cell carcinoma" returned 298 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Review: Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma in sub-Saharan Africa.
 

Author(s): C E Faggons, C Mabedi, C G Shores, S Gopal

Journal: Malawi Med J. 2015 Sep;27(3):79-87.

 

Review the literature from 1990 to 2013 to determine known anatomic sites, risk factors, treatments, and outcomes of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) in sub-Saharan Africa.

Last Updated: 30 Dec 2015

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A promising hypothesis of c-KIT methylation/ expression paradox in c-KIT (+) squamous cell carcinoma of uterine cervix ----- CTCF transcriptional repressor regulates c-KIT proto-oncogene expression.
 

Author(s): Shih-Wen Chang, Wan-Ru Chao, Alexandra Ruan, Po-Hui Wang, Jau-Chen Lin, Chih-Ping Han

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We recently reported one interesting case showing mutation-free c-KIT proto-oncogene overexpression and paradoxical hypermethylation in 54 cases of primary squamous cell carcinoma of uterine cervix (SCC). However, its molecular mechanisms still remain unknown. We propose the hypothesis ...

Last Updated: 26 Nov 2015

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Recent Advances From Basic and Clinical Studies of Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma.
 

Author(s): Shinya Ohashi, Shin'ichi Miyamoto, Osamu Kikuchi, Tomoyuki Goto, Yusuke Amanuma, Manabu Muto

Journal: Gastroenterology. 2015 Dec;149(7):1700-15.

 

Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) is one of the most aggressive squamous cell carcinomas and is highly prevalent in Asia. Alcohol and its metabolite, acetaldehyde, are considered definite carcinogens for the esophagus. Polymorphisms in the aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 gene, which ...

Last Updated: 28 Nov 2015

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Viral Therapy In Treating Patients With Recurrent or Metastatic Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck Cancer
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Metastatic Squamous Neck Cancer With Occult Primary Squamous Cell Carcinoma; Recurrent Metastatic Squamous Neck Cancer With Occult Primary; Recurrent Salivary Gland Cancer; Recurrent Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Hypopharynx; Recurrent Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx; Recurrent Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lip and Oral Cavity; Recurrent Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Nasopharynx; Recurrent Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oropharynx; Recurrent Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Paranasal Sinus and Nasal Cavity; Recurrent Verrucous Carcinoma of the Larynx; Recurrent Verrucous Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Salivary Gland Squamous Cell Carcinoma; Stage IV Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Hypopharynx; Stage IV Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Nasopharynx; Stage IVA Salivary Gland Cancer; Stage IVA Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage IVA Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lip and Oral Cavity; Stage IVA Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oropharynx; Stage IVA Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Paranasal Sinus and Nasal Cavity; Stage IVA Verrucous Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage IVA Verrucous Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage IVB Salivary Gland Cancer; Stage IVB Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage IVB Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lip and Oral Cavity; Stage IVB Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oropharynx; Stage IVB Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Paranasal Sinus and Nasal Cavity; Stage IVB Verrucous Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage IVB Verrucous Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Stage IVC Salivary Gland Cancer; Stage IVC Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage IVC Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Lip and Oral Cavity; Stage IVC Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oropharynx; Stage IVC Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Paranasal Sinus and Nasal Cavity; Stage IVC Verrucous Carcinoma of the Larynx; Stage IVC Verrucous Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity; Tongue Cancer

 

Last Updated: 5 Apr 2016

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Radiation Therapy With or Without Cisplatin in Treating Patients With Stage III-IV Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck Who Have Undergone Surgery
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma; Laryngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Spindle Cell Variant; Stage III Hypopharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma; Stage III Laryngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma; Stage III Laryngeal Verrucous Carcinoma; Stage III Oral Cavity Squamous Cell Carcinoma; Stage III Oral Cavity Verrucous Carcinoma; Stage III Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma; Stage IVA Hypopharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma; Stage IVA Laryngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma; Stage IVA Laryngeal Verrucous Carcinoma; Stage IVA Oral Cavity Squamous Cell Carcinoma; Stage IVA Oral Cavity Verrucous Carcinoma; Stage IVA Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma

 

Last Updated: 6 Apr 2016

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Cisplatin, Radiation Therapy, and Pembrolizumab in Treating Patients With Stage III-IV Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Stage III Hypopharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma; Stage III Laryngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma; Stage III Oral Cavity Squamous Cell Carcinoma; Stage III Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma; Stage IVA Hypopharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma; Stage IVA Laryngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma; Stage IVA Oral Cavity Squamous Cell Carcinoma; Stage IVA Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma; Stage IVB Hypopharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma; Stage IVB Laryngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma; Stage IVB Oral Cavity Squamous Cell Carcinoma; Stage IVB Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma

 

Last Updated: 16 May 2016

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