Compared to other types of treatment, Mohs surgery has the highest success rates, with an over 99% cure rate. Skin cancer is now the most common cancer affecting humans, and some have estimated the chance of getting skin cancer to be as high as 1 in 5 in some parts of North America. Many of these skin cancers grow like trees with tiny, microscopic roots under the skin.
In Mohs surgery, a microscope is used to trace the edges of these tumors and ensure the cancers are removed down to their roots during the initial surgery. Because of this microscopic precision, only the cancerous tissue is removed, while the surrounding healthy tissue is left intact and unharmed.
It is for this reason that Mohs surgery is especially useful for anatomic and functionally important areas such as the eyelids, nose, and lips, as well as other cosmetically sensitive areas of the face.
Mohs surgery is also used to treat aggressive and/or recurrent skin cancers, skin cancers with ill-defined borders, cancers that arise in areas previously treated with radiation, and those patients with suppressed immune systems or specific genetic disorders.
The Mohs technique is used most often to treat squamous and basal cell carcinomas. Some melanomas, as well as other types of skin cancer may be treated using Mohs.
Mohs surgery was initially developed by and named after Dr. Frederick Mohs, who worked at the University of Wisconsin. Today, Mohs surgery is performed by dermatologists who receive specialized training in the technique. The training programs are organized and directed by the American College of Mohs Surgeons in the United States. These comprehensive programs develop expertise in skin oncology, pathology and reconstructive surgery.
Tissue sparing and extraordinarily low recurrence rates make Mohs surgery the gold standard and procedure of choice for treating specific skin cancers.
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If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer, please contact the specialists at Sanova Dermatology to see if you would be a good candidate for Mohs surgery.