Squamous cell carcinoma is a type of skin cancer. It starts in the keratinocyte cells in the outer layer of the skin (epidermis). It's the second most common type of skin cancer in the UK.

Most people with a squamous cell carcinoma can be completely cured with simple treatment.

Squamous cell carcinomas are more likely to start in areas that have been exposed to the sun. They generally don’t spread to other areas of the body. If they do, it’s likely to be to other layers of the skin.

At The Christie, the head and neck and skin team in clinical oncology treat types of skin cancer.

Patient information

You can read our patient information booklets related to squamous cell carcinoma for more information: