Because squamous cell carcinoma is caused by spending time in the sun, you can take steps to prevent it:
If you take prescription medications and you spend significant time outdoors, ask your doctor if you need to take any extra precautions. Some drugs increase your risk of skin damage. These include certain antibiotics and medications used to treat mental illness, high blood pressure, heart failure, acne, and allergies. Also, some skin-care products contain alpha-hydroxy acids. These chemicals can make your skin more vulnerable to damage from the sun.
If a squamous cell carcinoma develops on your skin, you can limit the damage by detecting the problem early. To do this, examine your skin thoroughly every month or two. Use a mirror to look at your back, shoulders, and other areas you can't easily see.
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