What are the racial predilections of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)?

Updated: Jul 08, 2020
  • Author: Talib Najjar, DMD, MDS, PhD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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SCC is the second leading cause of skin cancer in white individuals. Persons of Irish or Scottish ancestry have the highest prevalence in the United States. SCC is relatively uncommon in people of African or Asian descent. However, SCC in black persons carries a higher mortality rate, perhaps due to delayed diagnosis, because tumors are more likely to occur in sun-protected areas in these individuals, including the scalp and sites of previous injury and scarring. [28]


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