Squamous cell carcinoma is one of the most common types of skin cancer. Though it is seldom life-threatening, when left undiagnosed or untreated, it can grow large and spread throughout the body, resulting in serious complications. At Feinstein Dermatology, our board-certified doctors have a proven track record helping patients like you in Delray Beach, FL diagnose, treat, and manage squamous cell carcinoma.

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What Is Squamous Cell Carcinoma?

Squamous cell carcinoma can occur anywhere on the body, usually resulting from overexposure to UV rays. This impact may be due to direct sunlight exposure or the frequent use of tanning lamps and beds. The signs and symptoms of squamous cell carcinoma are most evident on sun-exposed skin areas, including scalps, lips, ears, and the backs of hands.

What Are Squamous Cells?

The squamous cells comprise the middle and outer layers of skin. When these cells become damaged due to UV exposure or other factors, they may exhibit several symptoms, including sores, scaly patches, nodules on the skin, and the development of a scaly crust on the skin. When left untreated, this form of cancer tends to spread, making early intervention essential.


If you believe you have the symptoms of squamous cell carcinoma, the first step is to seek a diagnosis from one of our board-certified dermatologists. Depending on the placement, size, and spread of your skin cancer, we may recommend non-surgical treatment options. Mohs surgery is often the best way to eradicate skin cancer and is performed on an outpatient basis with local anesthesia to ensure your comfort.

Tips for Managing

To prevent squamous cell carcinoma from developing, ensure you manage your UV exposure by applying sun protection in summer and year-round. Regular skin evaluations can also be effective in identifying warning signs early on.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma FAQs

While SCC is more likely to remain localized, advanced cases may spread to nearby lymph nodes or other organs. Regular check-ups and early treatment minimize the risk of metastasis.

Prevention involves sun protection measures such as using sunscreen, wearing protective clothing, and avoiding prolonged sun exposure. Regular skin checks and prompt evaluation of any suspicious lesions also contribute to prevention.

Yes, SCC can recur, especially if the initial treatment was not fully successful. Regular follow-up appointments with a dermatologist are essential to monitor for recurrence.

Adopting sun-safe practices, including using sunscreen, seeking shade, and wearing protective clothing, is crucial. Avoiding tanning beds and promptly addressing any changes in your skin can also lower the risk.

Meet Our Board-Certified Dermatology Team

At Feinstein Dermatology in Delray Beach, FL, our commitment is patient satisfaction and loyalty. We are defining the new standard in customer experience and outcomes, striving to lead by example for others to follow. With a dedicated patient base of over thirty-five thousand (35,000) individuals who have entrusted us with their dermatological and cosmetic needs, we have earned our reputation as a leading provider in the field.

Our team comprises dedicated professionals, including board-certified dermatologists, a board-certified Mohs surgeon, and a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon. We invite you to experience the exceptional care and dedication that defines Feinstein Dermatology.


Meet Your Providers


Brian Feinstein, D.O., FAAD

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Thomas Cahn, M.D., FAAD

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Lawrence Enisman, M.D., FACS

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Meredith Hancock, M.D., FAAD

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Robb Wilentz, M.D.

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Nathalie Allison-Fecteau, PA-C

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Feel Good About Your Skin

At Feinstein Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery, we understand that your skin is more than just an organ; it reflects your well-being and confidence. Our dedicated team of board-certified dermatologists and skincare specialists is committed to guiding you on a transformative journey toward feeling fantastic in your own skin. With a personalized approach to dermatological and cosmetic care, we aspire to be your trusted partners for a lifetime of radiant, healthy skin. Take the next step towards embracing your confidence with advanced skincare solutions, cosmetic treatments, or skin cancer care in Delray Beach, FL. Schedule a consultation for squamous cell carcinoma treatment today at (561) 498-4407.