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Carcinoma, Squamous Cell

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.


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  • Carcinoma, Epirmoid Intradermal
  • Skin Cancer, Squamous Cell Type

Disorder Subdivisions

  • Bowen's Disease

General Discussion

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common skin cancer with between 200,000 and 250,000 cases reported each year. It is a malignant cancer that usually develops from the epidermis and/or the mucous lining of the body cavities (epithelium), but may occur anywhere on the body. SCC most often affects individuals who are exposed to large amounts of sunlight. Susceptibility is related to the amount of melanin pigment in the skin, and light-skinned persons are most vulnerable. With appropriate treatment, it is usually curable.


Skin Cancer Foundation

149 Madison Avenue

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New York, NY 10016

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American Cancer Society, Inc.

250 Williams NW St

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Atlanta, GA 30303


Tel: (404)320-3333

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TDD: (866)228-4327


National Cancer Institute

6116 Executive Blvd Suite 300

Bethesda, MD 20892-8322


Tel: (301)435-3848

Tel: (800)422-6237

TDD: (800)332-8615



OncoLink: The University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center Resource

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2 Donner

Philadelphia, PA 19104-4283


Tel: (215)349-8895

Fax: (215)349-5445



Rare Cancer Alliance

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Green Valley, AZ 85614



Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center

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Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126

Tel: (301)251-4925

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Tel: (888)205-2311

TDD: (888)205-3223


Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association, Inc.

P.O. Box 55071 #15530

Boston, MA 02205-5071

Tel: (607)257-1141

Fax: (607)255-0349

Tel: (800)601-0613



Friends of Cancer Research

1800 M Street NW

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Washington, DC 22202

Tel: (202)944-6700



Cancer Support Community

1050 17th St NW Suite 500

Washington, DC 20036

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Lance Armstrong Foundation

2201 E. Sixth Street

Austin, TX 78702

Tel: (512)236-8820

Fax: (512)236-8482

Tel: (877)236-8820



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Last Updated:  4/20/2008

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