NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms
The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 8,327 terms related to cancer and medicine.
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- squamous cell carcinoma
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- Cancer that begins in squamous cells. Squamous cells are thin, flat cells that look like fish scales, and are found in the tissue that forms the surface of the skin, the lining of the hollow organs of the body, and the lining of the respiratory and digestive tracts. Most cancers of the anus, cervix, head and neck, and vagina are squamous cell carcinomas. Also called epidermoid carcinoma.