MOHS SURGERY FOR SKIN CANCER
Mohs Micrographic Surgery is an advanced surgical procedure for skin cancer.
Mohs surgery allows the surgeon to remove the tumor while leaving the surrounding healthy tissue intact and untouched. With this type of precision, the cure rate is up to 99 percent and yields the highest likelihood for recovery. Mohs surgery can also be successful even if all other treatment options had failed in the past. While more commonly used to treat squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma, it can also be used to treat melanoma in certain cases.
Surgeons trained to perform Mohs surgery are also dermatologists and pathologists, thus being able to also perform reconstructive surgery to the wound following removal.
For more information, please visit mohssurgery.org. Click here to review patient education.
SKIN CANCER EXAMS
It’s very important to have a skin examination annually, especially if your family has a history of skin cancer.
A visual examination of the skin will be conducted, and a dermoscope is used to further examine any moles found on your body. Photographs may be taken for use in future examinations to determine any changes in the size, shape or pigmentation of your moles. If the doctor finds a lesion that may be cancerous during your examination, he/she will conduct a biopsy to determine if it is skin cancer. The lesion will be removed and thoroughly examined through a microscope to confirm the diagnosis.
Visit the Skin Cancer Foundation website for more information.
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To learn more about our procedure options, please call our office today and schedule an appointment to evaluate your skin and keep it healthy.