A patient's biopsy results indicate the presence of squamous cell carcinoma. The nurse develops a care plan for this patient knowing that squamous cell carcinoma:


• Squamous cell carcinomas are characterized by local invasion, fast growing, and infrequent metastasis. They usually present as red nodules with crust or ulceration. They are less common than basal cell carcinomas

• Malignant melanomas are the least common type of skin cancer and often metastasize. They are the most deadly form. They appear black or brown with irregular borders

• Basal cell carcinomas are translucent, raised, and smooth. They are usually on sun-exposed skin and rarely metastasize or cause death. This is the most common type of skin cancer

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