many cancers, squamous cell carcinoma does not include many procedures. Your doctor will do a physical exam to
examine your skin, especially the areas suspected to be affected by the cancer. Typically, your physician can
diagnose the cancer with the naked eye. However, the diagnosis must be confirmed by a biopsy. Your oncologist or
dermatologist will take sample from tumor for examination under a microscope. Histological examination of the
sample will allow your physician to detect and identify the cancer cells in question.
Unlike many other types of
cancer, squamous cell carcinoma may be suspected even in its genesis (carcinoma in situ). Therefore, it is
important to report to your doctor any suspicious skin lesion; especially if the lesion is found in places that
are frequently exposed to sunlight. In general, sores that last for six weeks should make you think of a
squamous cell carcinoma.
In addition, your doctor
can recommend an endoscopy,
and CT of head and neck to detect
metastasis or determine the stage of the cancer.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Squamous Cell Carcinoma Stages