Mohs Surgery was developed by a Dr. Frederic Mohs in the 1930s. It is utilized by surgeons around the world to provide treatment to patients suffering from skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma are commonly treated using Mohs Surgery.
How Successful is Mohs Surgery?
Mohs Surgery is the most successful treatment for skin cancer in terms of cure rate. It also leaves more healthy tissue intact compared to other treatment options. Optimal results may be obtained by patients with recurring skin cancer, deep lesions and on areas that require special care to avoid damage such as the face, neck or other cosmetic areas of the body.
When Else Might Mohs Surgery be Used?
Cases in which patients have large tumors and when it may be difficult to determine the size or limits of the cancer may benefit from Mohs Surgery. This procedure avoids removing as much healthy tissue as possible to preserve the cosmetic appeal of the skin. It also results in minimal scarring and does not require as long to heal as other procedures because the wound is only as big as necessary to remove the cancer.
Talk to your doctor for more information about Mohs Surgery and to determine if the procedure is right for you.