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MOHS – Skin Cancer Treatment

MOHS - SKIN CANCER TREATMENT

Mohs Surgical Skin Cancer treatment surgically removes very thin layers of cancer containing tissue which is then examined under  a microscope until only cancer free tissue remains. This process makes MOHS the treatment of choice for effectively removing cancer cells while sparring the most healthy tissue.

Mohs surgery has been accepted as the single most effective technique for removing Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma (BCCs and SCCs), the two most common skin cancers. It accomplishes the nifty trick of sparing the greatest amount of healthy tissue while also most completely expunging cancer cells; cure rates for BCC and SCC are an unparalleled 98 percent or higher with Mohs, significantly better than the rates for standard excision or any other accepted method.

Mohs surgery differs from other skin cancer treatments in that it permits the immediate and complete microscopic examination of the removed cancerous tissue, so that all “roots” and  extensions of the cancer can be eliminated. Due to the methodical manner in which tissue is removed and examined, Mohs surgery has been recognized as the skin cancer treatment with the highest reported cure rate.

Mohs surgery is also known as Mohs micrographic surgery

Advantages of Mohs Micrographic Surgery,  Skin Cancer Treatment

  • Highly Effective - Removes the deep “roots” of a skin cancer
  • Mohs micrographic surgery, leaves the smallest possible surgical defects and resultant scars.
  • Mohs surgery removes only the cancerous tissue
  • Normal tissue is spared
  • Recommended treatment for cancers located in areas such as the nose, ears, eyelids, lips, hairline, hands, feet, and genitals, where maximal preservation of healthy tissue is critical for cosmetic or functional purposes.

Mohs Micrographic Surgery Skin Cancer Treatment Process

The surgeon removes the visible portion of the tumor exposing the underlying surface "roots" of the skin cancer.

Then your Mohs surgeon then carefully removes a thin layer skin. This layer of skin  is divided into sections. Each section is examined under a microscope to determine if there is still existing cancerous tissue. Once a section is free of cancerous tissue surgery in that section is complete. This process repeats until all sections of the underlying tumor are free of cancerous tissue

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More information available:

http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/mohs-surgery

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