How does the prevalence of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) vary by sex?

Updated: Jul 08, 2020
  • Author: Talib Najjar, DMD, MDS, PhD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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SCC occurs in men 2-3 times more frequently than it does in women, most likely as a result of higher cumulative lifetime UV exposure in men. This increased exposure may be due to greater participation by men in occupations that entail more significant exposure to sunlight or to other occupational hazards, such as soot, oils, or tars.

The typical age at presentation for SCC is approximately 70 years. This varies widely, however, and in certain high-risk groups (eg, organ transplant recipients, patients with epidermolysis bullosa), SCC often manifests at a much younger age.


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