Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common form of skin cancer. How aggressive this cancer is depends on the behaviour of its cells – we can determine this by examining the cells under a microscope.

“Although a non-melanoma skin cancer, squamous cell skin cancers can be dangerous as they can spread to other parts of the body, causing mortality."

Dr Juber Hafiji

Specialist Dermatologist and Mohs Surgeon

What do squamous cell carcinomas look like?

Squamous cell carcinomas commonly occur on sun-damaged skin, presenting as a red lump which is usually tender, or as a non-healing ulcer.
Squamous cell carcinoma
Squamous cell carcinoma on the cheek
Squamous cell carcinoma of the lip

Squamous cell carcinoma FAQs

Squamous cell skin cancers usually grow faster than basal cell skin cancers. The risk of this occurring depends on its size, location and type. Early detection and treatment maximises the chances of cure. 

The main treatment is surgery, which is usually curative. Radiotherapy can be used as an additional treatment for higher risk squamous cell skin cancers.

UK-trained specialist dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon, Dr Juber Hafiji, and his team offer a complete range of skin cancer treatments – medical, surgical and the ‘gold-standard’ Mohs micrographic surgery. Dr Hafiji’s 20 years’ experience combined with his knowledge of the latest research, means you can be assured that you are in good hands. Our mission is simple – to bring your skin back to its best health. 

Bringing the ‘gold standard’ of skin cancer treatment to Hawke’s Bay

Hawke’s Bay Dermatology is the region’s only provider of world-leading Mohs micrographic surgery, ensuring complete removal of a cancer with minimal tissue removal and scarring.