Squamous Cell Skin Cancer

What Causes Squamous Cell Skin Cancer?

To successfully treat and prevent recurrence of squamous cell skin cancer we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow squamous cell skin cancer to develop?"

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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind squamous cell skin cancer consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to squamous cell skin cancer.  Here are two possibilities:
  • Low DHEA
  • Cigarette Smoke Damage

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
hair loss on lower legs
mood swings during menstrual cycle
reduced well-being during menopause
reduced underarm/pubic hair growth
major fatigue for over 12 months
reduced sense of smell
history of lung cancer
difficulty losing weight
recent moderate tobacco smoking
recently quitting smoking
low DHEA level
breast cancer
... and so on

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of squamous cell skin cancer:
Cause Probability Status
Cigarette Smoke Damage 99% Confirm
Low DHEA 58% Possible
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate cancer, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Have you suffered from Squamous Cell Carcinoma (a skin cancer)?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Yes but now resolved for over 5 years
→ Yes but now resolved for under 5 years
→ Current problem but containable
→ Current problem and aggressive/spreading
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either history of squamous cell skin cancer or squamous cell skin cancer, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Cigarette Smoke Damage

Smoking is a risk factor for non-melanoma skin cancer.

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