Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Eric Wilkerson offers a wide variety of treatment options for squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). The cells on the upper layers of your skin are made up of squamous cells, and when they mutate or change, they can become squamous cell carcinomas (SCC). This is a common type of skin cancer that can easily be prevented by limiting sun exposure and taking proper precautions, such as applying sunscreen or wearing protective clothing. SCC is also known as a type of metastatic cancer, which means it can spread to other areas of the body if left untreated. If you have a wart-like blemish on your skin that is flaky, itching, or bleeds when touched, then we encourage you to schedule a skin exam at Fort Lauderdale Dermatology in Fort Lauderdale, FL as soon as possible.
"I’ve seen Dr. Wilkerson three times now and have never felt like it’s been a rushed visit like other dermatologists I’ve been to. He’s been able to drastically improve skin issues that I’ve dealt with for years. Very clean and professional practice."- M.H. / Google / Nov 13, 2019
"Dr Wilkerson was referred to me by my primary care physician and I am very thankful he was. After being in a trauma accident sustaining multiple wounds, I encountered a rash and irritation around them. I could not afford to get any infection while healing all my injuries. Dr Wilkerson and his assistant Jackie were friendly and gentle. They asked many questions and thoroughly examined the injury site. The doctor’s level of care was exceptional and he took his time to answer all my questions patiently. His treatment plan ‘cured’ my issue and I look forward to my follow up appointment. Jackie was courteous and gracious enough to call me a week after my appointment to follow up and see how I was feeling and how my recovery was progressing."- S.D. / Google / Oct 12, 2019
"Jackie and Dr. Wilkerson are the absolute BEST!!! They are incredibly hospitable, compassionate, thorough and fun. They are timely and the office is spectacular and clean. Do not go anywhere else!!"- K.L. / Google / Oct 20, 2020
"Dr. Wilkerson and his nurse, Jackie, are fantastic. Two of the nicest people I’ve met in my time here in South Florida. Went in to get a couple pilar cysts removed from the top of my head, and it could not have gone any better than it did. The waiting area, and the patient rooms are in immaculate condition. When you get there, there’s no waiting around for Dr. Wilkerson to come in and greet you. From the moment you walk in the door to the moment you leave, you’ll be the focus of their attention. It is well worth the drive if you don’t live in Ft. Lauderdale. I drove from Boca, and would do it again because they are the best."- J.H. / Google / Oct 13, 2020
"Dr Wilkerson is an excellent dermatologist. Not only is he very knowledgeable and experienced, he is professional with great bedside manner. I’m a primary care physician and choose to refer my patients to him for this reason. Also Jackie at reception made me feel at home right away with her welcoming smile and assistance. Thanks for the great care!"- D.N. / Google / Oct 05, 2020
On average, squamous cell carcinoma is caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun or tanning beds. However, other causes may be from long-term exposure to hazardous materials, like certain insecticides or arsenic. If you spend a lot of time in direct sunlight without using protection, such as sunblocks or sun hats, it can increase your chances of attaining skin cancer. This is especially true if you habitually tan outdoors or in a tanning bed. There is no such thing as a "safe" tan, and proper precautions should be taken to protect your skin so you can still enjoy time outdoors.
SCCs are skin growths that can appear on the face, scalp, ears, lips, arms, or legs. SCCs can arise as rough, thick or firm nodules. They often originate as actinic keratosis (AKs), which are crusty scaly patches of skin. The most common types of symptoms are pain, bleeding, and itchiness. If you have a mole or suspicious blemish that has changed in size, color, or shape, call Fort Lauderdale Dermatology immediately to schedule a skin exam.
At Fort Lauderdale Dermatology, Dr. Wilkerson offers several treatment options for SCCs, including:
- Surgical excision: This is a common treatment that is used to remove skin cancer with a scalpel. Dr. Wilkerson makes horizontal cuts to excise the growth and surrounding tissue.
- Electrodesiccation and curettage (ED&C): This is a nonsurgical procedure that utilizes a scraping and heating technique to remove small cancerous lesions. This can also be performed to remove unwanted moles or noncancerous nodules.
- Mohs surgery: This is a skin cancer removal surgery that removes cancerous tissue one layer at a time with a precise shaving method. The skin is shaved until the remaining tissue is tested and deemed non-malignant.
- Topical chemotherapy: This is a medicated cream or ointment that can be applied to the target area. The type of formula and treatment regimen will vary from patient to patient.
Get Treated Today
Skilled dermatologist Dr. Eric Wilkerson has treated countless men and women with squamous cell carcinoma. Fort Lauderdale Dermatology also offers many treatment options to remove cancerous skin lesions. SCCs should be treated right away as they can spread to other areas of the body very quickly. Call our office in Fort Lauderdale, FL to schedule a skin screening with Dr. Wilkerson today.
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