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Squamous cell carcinoma is a form of skin cancer. The other common types of skin cancer are melanoma and basal cell carcinoma.
Squamous cell carcinoma rarely causes further problems when identified and treated early. Untreated, squamous cell carcinoma can grow large or spread to other parts of your body, causing serious complications.
Most squamous cell carcinomas result from prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, either from sunlight or from tanning beds or lamps. Avoiding UV light as much as possible is the best protection against all types of skin cancer. Sunscreen is an important part of a sun safety program, but by itself doesn't completely prevent squamous cell carcinoma or other types of skin cancer.
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