Skin cancer is serious. Statistics reveal it’s the most common form of the disease; 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer over the course of a lifetime. With those facts, skin cancer may hit uncomfortably close to home. Skin cancer can kill, but it’s also highly curable, if detected and promptly treated. There are different types of skin cancer; Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Melanoma. Today I want to discuss a procedure that is highly accurate in targeting skin cancer and minimizing scarring.
Mohs Micrographic Surgery
Mohs Micrographic Surgery was developed in the 1930’s by Dr. Frederic Mohs. The process has been perfected over the years, and today it is the most accurate method of skin cancer removal, and the best way to preserve healthy tissue. The visible tumor is extracted, then underlying tissue is analyzed layer by layer under a microscope during surgery to make sure the entire lesion is removed, and the healthy tissue remains. This is especially helpful in removing skin cancer on eyelids, ears, lips and other sensitive areas. Click on this link to see a diagram of the process. I am certified in Mohs Surgery, which means I have successfully completed extensive training through the Mohs College. A Mohs physician is considered a cancer surgeon, pathologist and reconstructive surgeon.
It is critical to catch skin cancer in the early stages. It is very important to do routine self-exams. If you spot anything unusual, please come in for a professional opinion. One last note, most skin cancers are caused by UV exposure, so I discourage patients from using tanning beds, and tell them to wear sunblock outdoors. Please call my office with any questions, or to schedule an important skin cancer screening. 214-818-0016.