Mohs surgery is a common technique that removes malignant tumors and cancerous growths in the skin. The Mohs surgeon removes the smallest amount of tissue for analysis without performing a full scale surgery. Below is more information about this surgery, as well as how to know if you need to see a Mohs surgeon.
Mohs surgery is a highly effective surgery to treat skin cancer that was developed by Dr. Mohs in 1938. The Mohs surgeon removes a tissue sample, examines it under the microscope and looks for the line between healthy and cancerous cells. If cancer cells are found, the surgeon removes the remaining tissue.
This procedure is used to treat basal and squamous cell carcinoma. Its cure rate is an average of 99% for new forms of basal cell carcinoma, which is the most frequently diagnosed form of skin cancer. The Mohs surgeon removes the unhealthy tissue only, causing less damage to the surrounding skin. A microscopic sample is used to ensure that the surgical margin is cancer free.
When to See a Mohs Surgeon
Consider Mohs surgery after you have undergone skin cancer screening and reviewed the results with a doctor. Before consulting a doctor, you can perform a self diagnosis to detect abnormalities on your skin. Check for moles, patches or lumps that are painful or look unhealthy. New moles that appear suddenly and old ones that change color or shape are suspicious. Know what cancerous skin cells look like on the surface because not every new, strange-looking defect is a sign of cancer.
A dermatologist may recommend you to see a Mohs surgeon. This recommendation could be because you have multiple moles or a suspicious looking growth. However, not everyone is a suitable candidate for this surgery. It’s usually recommended for patients who have known tumors or cancerous growths and for those who have cases of skin cancer in their family. In addition, the procedure is the removal of cancer using frozen section histology, but it’s not a cure for all skin cancers.
Treating skin cancer and reducing its recurrence rate is possible with Mohs surgery. First, know if you will benefit from undergoing this treatment. Perform an examination on your own skin and then seek the advice of a dermatologist. Find a practice that has an experienced Mohs surgeon on standby. Contact the Lakeside Dermatology office to learn more about the costs and benefits of our medical procedures, or schedule your consultation. We are conveniently located in Sebring and Winter Haven, FL.