USING MOHS SURGERY TO TREAT SKIN CANCER

September 9, 2021

If you are reading this, you or someone you know was probably diagnosed with skin cancer, and it has been recommended by a doctor that Mohs surgery is their best option. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more than 5 million cases of basal cell and squamous cell are treated here in the U.S. every year. Many dermatologist choose Mohs surgery because it offers the highest cure rate available for many types of skin cancer.

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Dermatologist examines a mole of female patient in clinic

WHAT IS MOHS SURGERY, AND HOW IS IT USED?

Mohs surgery is an intricate, precise, very effective procedure, used for treating basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers. It is cosmetically and functionally important, especially around the lips, eyes, nose ears, and scalp. Also, it can be used on fingers, toes and genitals and is highly effective for large, aggressive or rapidly growing BCC (basal cell cancer or SCC (squamous cell cancer). Some surgeons also are quite successful using Mohs surgery on certain cases of melanoma.

About the Procedure

This procedure is performed by specialized, highly trained doctors in Mohs surgery and pathology . During Mohs surgery a surgeon removes the cancerous lesion with a special instrument and sends the entire frozen and stained sample to be analyzed in the lab. If any cancerous cells remain, the surgeon returns to operating room to remove the rest of the cancerous cells. This is repeated until all cancer is removed.

Advantages of Mohs Surgery

  • The surgery results are precise. The doctor examines 100 per cent of the tumor margins, while keeping healthy tissue and leaving a very smallest of scars.
  • Mohs is cost effective and an efficient treatment, done as an outpatient procedure and usually only requires a single visit. The surgeon uses local anesthesia and sometimes an on-site lab
  • Mohs offers the highest skin cancer cure rate, with up to 99 per cent for skin cancers that haven’t been treated before and 94 per cent for recurring from previous treatment.

Contact Bay Dermatology For Mohs Surgery

If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer, Mohs surgery maybe a great option for you.  Voted Tampa’s # 1 Dermatologist 3 years in a row,  our board certified dermatologist will find the best treatment for you. Contact us at (727)-585-8591

 

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