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SQUAMOUS CELL CARCINOMA (SCC)

These often arise from solar/actinic keratoses (sunspots), are usually scaly and may be tender. This type of skin cancer can potentially be more serious as it can spread causing significant complications. Depending on the features of the specific lesion it can be managed by a range of techniques from chemotherapy creams to surgery.

Non-melanoma skin cancers (BCC + SCC) account for 80% of all new cancer diagnoses in New Zealand each year. With a new diagnosis every 3-4 hours in the Taranaki region this is a very common diagnosis and with early detection and careful management can be quickly and efficiently treated. If you have a skin lesion you are worried about please take up our offer of a free spot check and allow our team of experts to ensure you are safe from skin cancer.