Scc can be tricky to pick up but, we do not go mole mining or sunspot mining for them. Why ? when they come they will come and they will be easily picked up and removed. There is no point in biopsying every single scaly spots on some one's skin, creating more business for the pathology lab. Skin cancer practitioners shouldn't need to biopsy 3,6, or even 14 lesions for diagnosis of something so simple as skin cancer.
Some even argue for sunspots to be pushed into the SCC variety... creating more work through further more unnecessary surgeries, particularly when those pathology reports are read by inexperienced practitioners.
And as every one knows sunspots ( technically is an SCC ) but will take millennium (~ maybe <1-5% over the patients life time) to become something so "deadly" as an INSITU SCC or INVASIVE SCC.
As a patient you should ask if biopsy is REALLY necessary and is invasive surgery really necessary for lower risk skin lesions.
|When a solar keratosis becomes cancerous. It tends to become swollen, red, tender or sore to touch. This Squamous cell carcinoma has a prickly horn . The more horny-hyperkeratotic an SCC the better - indicating a low risk carcinoma.|
|This non tender horny lesion looks sinister but is the least dangerous of the SCC family. It's called a hypertrophic actinic keratosis ( or simply as a thickened sunspot) . Easily treated in less than 2 minutes !|
This one is bad. It grows rapidly over a few week, bleeds easily and most doctors will be at a lost of what to do about them. These troublesome SCCs tend to occur on the lower legs and they are difficult to treat. Another one will pop up as soon one is treated.