Although squamous cell carcinoma rarely spreads to other parts of the body, it’s still important to have it treated to reduce any risk. If left alone, the growth could spread to nearby lymph nodes and become significantly more life threatening. A precursor to SCC is actinic keratosis, so it's important to get such spots treated before it turns into SCC. A quick photo to a dermatologist can get suspicious spots identified to ensure it isn’t AK, SCC, or any other dangerous disease.
While home remedies have taken on popularity, there are little to no studies confirming the effectiveness of such treatments. In some cases, it might even do more harm than good considering their minimal effectiveness versus the unknown side effects they could have on your body. It’s best to follow the medical advice of a dermatologist because they know what will or will not treat the disease. Here are some popular home remedies that you should be careful with:
Over the Counter Medication
While some over the counter (OTC) medications are effective enough to be given as prescriptions, other OTC medications have limited effects on disease. They might help for mild to moderate cases, but they aren’t usually effective on severe ones. If used incorrectly and without guidance, they might even prove to be ineffective and produce unforeseen side effects. However, a dermatologist can tell you whether or not these can be effective for you. Unfortunately, there are no over the counter medications for basal cell carcinoma.
Prescriptions, alongside professional medical advice, are the most effective form of treatment. Home remedies and over the counter treatments take plenty of time, energy, and money, yet are uncertain to work. Our experienced dermatologists take your unique skin, set of symptoms, and medical history into account to take the guessing game out of your road to recovery. Here are some prescriptions your dermatologist might include in your personalized treatment plan:
- Immunotherapy drugs - These boosts the body’s immune system to fight cancer cells.
- Targeted therapy drugs - These target genes, proteins, or the tissue environment involved with cancer growth.
- Chemotherapy drugs - These interfere with cell growth cycles to prevent cell growth. However, these interfere with healthy cell growth in addition to cancer cell growth.
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