The one good thing about skin cancer is that if it’s found early, it is highly curable. Skin cancer is treated in a variety of ways. Many of these treatments are outpatient procedures where the cancer is removed or destroyed, and the patient goes home soon after, most likely cancer free. One of these procedures is Mohs surgery.
About Skin Cancer
There are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell, squamous cell, and melanoma. The first two almost never metastasize, or invade other organs though they can cause disfigurement. Untreated melanoma is deadly. Mohs surgery is considered one of the best ways to treat squamous and basal cell skin cancer, but it is even being used for melanomas.
Who is a Candidate for Mohs Surgery?
Mohs surgery is an excellent solution for people who have skin cancers on their face, toes, fingers, or genitals. It also works well for squamous or basal cell cancers that are aggressive, do not have clear edges and have returned after being treated previously.
The Mohs Surgery Procedure
As with many surgeries, the prospective patient has a consultation with their surgeon beforehand. The doctor takes their medical history to see if they have any pre-existing conditions that would make having the surgery inadvisable.
The patient sits in a chair or reclines on a treatment able. During the procedure, the surgeon uses a scalpel to take away a very thin layer of the cancerous lesion. The layer is sent to a lab for evaluation while the patient waits. If there are more cancer cells, the process is repeated until all of the cancer cells are gone. The patient can go home after the surgeon gives them instructions on how to take care of themselves during recovery, including taking care of the surgical site.
Contact Us if You’re Interested in Mohs Surgery
If you’ve been diagnosed with a skin cancer and are interested in Mohs surgery, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with Lakeside Dermatology. At our convenient locations in Sebring and Winter Haven, our caring and devoted team of professionals will be pleased to explain this process in greater detail and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you.