epidemiology

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  • incidence is estimated at 9000 - 10,000 per annum in England and Wales

  • squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is rare in patients under 60 years of age unless immunosuppressed

  • commonest locations for SCCs:
    • both sexes - back of hands, face
    • men - scalp and ears
    • women - lower legs

  • risk factors
    • lifetime excessive sun exposure
    • multiple actinic keratoses
    • poor tanning ability
    • fair skin
    • transplant recipients

Reference:

  • 1) Referral Guidelines for Suspected Cancer (April 2000). NHS Executive.

Last reviewed 07/2021