Mohs Surgery - The Treatment of Choice highly praised by the skin cancer Foundation
July 31, 2013
In 1930 Dr. Frederick Mohs, M.D. developed a micrographic surgery to remove high-risk skin cancers. Today, Mohs Surgery has the highest success rate of all skin cancer treatments. Every year in the United States more than two million people are affected by skin cancer. The most common of these types of cancers are known as non melanoma skin cancers (NMSC) squamous cell and basal cell carcinoma (SCC and BCC). Though not many “good” things can be said about cancer in general, the “good” thing about these types of cancers is that when they are detected early enough they can easily be treated under local anesthesia.
What makes Mohs Surgery one of the best treatment options? Unlike other methods such as topical chemotherapy, liquid nitrogen treatment or “naked eye” surgery, Mohs Surgery examines minute layers of skin one at a time for signs of cancer. During the surgery thin layers of cancerous skin tissue are surgically removed one at a time and individually examined under a microscope. Combining this review with careful mapping of the cancerous area helps doctors pinpoint precisely where residual malignant tissue lies allowing them to remove all the affected tissue and only the affected tissue.
Mohs has become the treatment of choice for most patients, including those who are at high risk or require surgery in hard-to-reach areas. For more details on Mohs surgery, the cutting-edge skin cancer treatment performed by Associates in Dermatology for nearly 25 years – click here.
Click here if you want to read the entire article from the Skin Cancer Foundation Journal : http://skincancer.epubxp.com/i/131479/58