August 2007 Issue

Squamous Cell Cancer

This disease is highly treatable if detected early ó but lethal if it goes unnoticed. That's why a prompt diagnosis is crucial.

If you happen to be sitting in on your catís routine physical exam, youíre likely at some point to observe the veterinarian carefully studying the animalís face, gently stroking its nose, and fondling its ears. This is not merely a show of affection. Rather, the veterinarian is searching for tiny, scabby sores on the catís skin that could indicate the presence of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) ó a skin cancer that, if caught in its early stage, will most likely be harmless and easily treated. If the skin eruptions go unnoticed, however, the cancer can progress, spread to other parts of the body, and ultimately prove fatal.

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