squamous cell carcinoma [also called epidermoid carcinoma]

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(SKWAY-mus sell kar-sin-O-ma)

Cancer that begins in squamous cells. These are thin, flat cells that look like fish scales. They form the surface of the skin. They also line the surfaces of the air and food tubes and of some organs. This type of cancer rarely occurs in the breast. It is a common type of lung and skin cancer.

Read about types of breast cancer.


Audio contributed by: Lisa Vidal

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