How Mohs Surgery Helps Treat Your Skin Cancer
Cancer is a scary word, often associated with a great deal of stress and sadness. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer affecting people. So it’s great news that boasting a cure rate of 99%, Mohs Surgery has the highest success rate for the most common type of cancer.
What is Mohs Surgery?
Mohs surgery uses a microscope to find the edges of cancerous tumors and helps to fully remove them at their root. Removing all of the cancerous cells not only helps to prevent the tumor from coming back, but also to cure every bit of it. In fact, this surgery is so precise that it only removes the cancerous cells, leaving all the healthy and non-malignant cells behind.
Additionally, Mohs surgery can be used to treat aggressive and/or recurrent skin cancers, skin cancer with ill-defined borders, or cancers that come from areas previously treated with radiation, suppressed immune systems, or genetic disorders. This surgery is used most often in the treatment of squamous and basal cell carcinomas, but can be used for other types of melanoma and skin cancer as well.
The Best Choice For You
Because this surgery makes it possible to only remove the affected area, it helps limit damage to healthy surrounding tissues. Mohs surgery also has such a low recurrence rate that it is considered the gold standard for treating specific skin cancers.
Only trained doctors can perform Mohs surgery, and they will be able to help you find a great solution for your skin cancer.
If you have skin cancer or know someone who does, please contact us, so we can get you on the right path to healing.
About the Author:
Dr. Adam Mamelak is a board certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained Mohs micrographic and reconstructive surgeon. Dr. Mamelak treats skin cancer patients at Sanova Dermatology and the Austin Mohs Surgery Center.