Squamous cell carcinoma of the lip (SCCL) is a type of skin cancer that is caused by excessive sun exposure, smoking, or other factors that can damage the skin.
SCCL is usually diagnosed through a biopsy. A doctor will take a sample of the affected area and send it to a laboratory to be examined. The doctor may also take a medical history and do a physical exam to look for any other signs of the cancer.
Other skin cancers, such as basal cell carcinoma and melanoma, must be ruled out before a definitive diagnosis of SCCL can be made.
Treatment for SCCL usually involves surgical removal of the affected area. Radiation therapy or chemotherapy may also be used in some cases.
The prognosis for SCCL is generally good if it is caught early. The rate at which the cancer spreads and the amount of tissue that must be removed can vary, so the prognosis may be different for each patient.