Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) are two of the most common types of skin cancer. When detected, it is important that the cancerous tissues be removed promptly. Fortunately, there is a remarkable surgical technique that is used to remove BCC and SCC.
Mohs surgery, also known as Mohs micrographic surgery, is considered one of the most effective procedures for skin cancer. In fact, it brings a 98% or better cure rate! While this highly precise surgical approach is today’s go-to choice for skin cancer removal, it is not new. Dr. Frederic Mohs developed the technique in the 1930s. Here’s a closer look at the successful, time-tested procedure of Mohs surgery.
What does Mohs surgery involve?
The hallmark advantages of choosing Mohs surgery are the significant reduction in carcinoma recurrence as well as the minimal amount of tissue that must be removed. Mohs is a specialized excision procedure that uses a precise and progressive approach. The qualified Mohs surgeon removes thin layers of cancer-containing skin tissues until only healthy, cancer-free tissue remains. A microscope is used to examine each layer throughout the surgical process. This technique greatly minimizes the need to remove more skin than what is absolutely necessary, a valued advantage for patients who have skin cancer on the face or other highly visible areas.
Who is a Good Candidate for Mohs Surgery?
Mohs surgery is considered the most preferred treatment for patients with BCC and/or SCC. As mentioned before, patients with skin cancer on their hands, face, feet and neck are great candidates. Mohs surgery is also highly versatile, as it is excellent for large, recurring or aggressive cancers or cancers that have poorly defined borders. In addition, Mohs surgery can be used for those that have recently undergone radiation treatment or have significant scar tissue within the treatment area.
At Olansky Dermatology Associates, we have a leading Mohs surgeon who is known for his remarkable results in skin cancer removal. If you’d like to learn more about what you can expect from Mohs surgery, please call our Buckhead office today.