Squamous cell cancer or squamous cell carcinoma is a form of cancer within the skin that starts in the squamous type cells. The outermost layer of the skin is called the epidermis, and the squamous cells are the flat thin cells that form the epidermis. When there is a mutation in the DNA of the squamous cells that results in uncontrollable division and reproduction, it is called squamous cell carcinoma. This type of cancer occurs the most often on the regions of the skin that are exposed the most to UV or ultraviolet radiation.
Information. Squamous cell cancer also carries other factors that put certain individuals at a heightened risk for developing the disease. Individuals who have fair toned skin and or have naturally light colored hair are more susceptible to developing squamous cell cancer. Additionally, those who have gray, green, and blue eyes and or reside in high altitude sunny regions are at an increased risk for the disease. A history of numerous severe sunburns that occurred at young ages greatly increases the risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma.