A newly published study confirms what I’ve known for years. Mohs Micrographic Surgery is the most accurate method to remove skin cancers. In a recent study, nearly 500 skin cancer lesions that were removed with Mohs surgery were reviewed by researchers at the University of Virginia. Findings show those surgically removed by the Mohs method averaged smaller removal sites than other excision methods. The conclusion can be drawn, smaller site=more precision and less scarring. Mohs also has an impressive cure rate; 98% or higher for basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.
Mohs surgery was developed by 1930’s by Dr. Frederick Mohs. Although it’s been perfected over the years, the procedure Dr. Mohs first developed has withstood the test of time. The cure rates are very high, because the process is so accurate in pinpointing skin cancer and removing it.
How does Mohs work?
The skin cancer is mapped out, and carefully removed. A Mohs surgeon will then test tissue to make sure no cancer cells remain. If they do, the removal process is repeated layer by layer until no cancer cells are detected under a microscope. As I mentioned earlier, the cure rate is high, and this process leaves the least amount of scarring. In most cases, the surgery can be done in the physician office, and patients are able to recover with minimal discomfort. It can be a painstaking process to remove all the cancer cells layer by layer, but the results are well worth it. Click here to read more about how Mohs surgery works.
Dr. Christine Brown has over 20 years experience with Mohs surgery
“After completing an internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Dr. Brown completed a three-year Dermatology residency program there, serving one year as chief resident. She then completed a one-year fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This subspecialty of Dermatology relates to the microscopically controlled removal of difficult skin cancers. Mohs surgery has become the primary focus of Dr. Brown’s practice. In addition to her work with skin cancers, she has specialized training in dermatologic surgery including reconstructive and laser surgery.”
The study referred to in this article was published online June 6th in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. You can contact Dr. Brown with questions about Mohs surgery through her office. www.christinebrownmd.com