Mohs surgery, also known as micrographic surgery, has long been considered a safe and effective means of eliminating skin cancer. Mohs surgery was developed by Dr. Frederick Mohs in the 1930s, and through the years has been continually used and refined. Mohs surgery can remove cancerous cells more efficiently than typical excision, because it does not require a margin of healthy skin tissue to be taken.
Mohs surgery involves the use of a microscope to inspect skin that is removed layer by layer. In this way, skin is microscopically examined for cancerous cells and removed as they are found. The precise nature of Mohs surgery allows for healthy tissue to be spared as much as possible, and ensures that all of the cancerous cells are removed. Mohs surgery is the best option for skin cancer that occurs in a sensitive area where as much healthy tissue as possible should be spared, for cancers that have a high risk of recurrence, and for cancers with hard to define borders. The dermatologists at Dermatology Institute and Skin Care Center will determine if Mohs surgery is the best option for your skin cancer during your examination.
Skin cancer is the most prevalent type of cancer in America yet is easily the most preventable through proper sun protection. Regular skin cancer screenings can help to catch it early, and mohs surgery is one of the most effective ways of eliminating certain types of skin cancer.
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A full body skin check or surveillance is important and necessary to conduct in order to ensure that nothing abnormal is present on your skin. Atypical moles, melanomas, skin cancers, and other malignant growths can be detected with a general body check. If a growth or lesion is found to be visually suspicious, then a quick biopsy is taken to diagnose the nature of that growth. If the lesion is found to be pre-malignant or malignant, different treatments are utilized depending on the type of growth. The most important preventative measure for skin cancers, sun damage, and premature wrinkling and aging of the skin is to wear sunscreen daily.