Monday, November 16, 2020

Causes of Feline Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is a cancer that can affect the skin and oral tissue in cats.  White and lighter colored cats are more inclined to develop these tumors.  White cats who sit frequently on window sills are at higher risk and the tumors may appear on areas where there is little protection from ultraviolet rays such as the ears, eyelids, nose and lips.  Squamous cell carcinoma can also develop inside the mouth and is the most common form of oral cancer in cats. The signs of oral SCC are foul mouth odors, difficulty eating and ulcerated lesions in the mouth. Oral tumors are very aggressive and can spread to the jaw bones. While the cause of oral feline squamous cell sarcoma is unknown, exposure to cigarette smoke and flea collars as well as feeding canned tuna may be risk factors.   Immune Harmony and the Immune Support Kit provide essential immune support for cats with SCC.