For primary basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of skin cancer, Mohs Micrographic Surgery has been stated to have a cure rate of between 97% and 99.8%. Mohs procedure is also used for squamous cell carcinoma, although it has a lower cure rate.
This surgery is an in-office procedure and a local anesthetic is used to numb the affected area before the surgery is performed. Mohs micrographic surgery may be used for removal of skin cancer that:
- Is likely to return.
- Is located in visible areas or areas where skin tissue should be preserved, such as on the ears, nose, or eyelids
- Is growing quickly
- Has a high risk of spreading to other parts of the body, such as in some squamous cell carcinomas
- Occurs in children
Mohs surgery can be a more cost effective method when considering surgical removal of certain skin cancers and separate histo-pathological analysis. Usually Mohs surgery is performed for the treatment of skin cancers in the face, hands, feet and genitals, where tissue preservation is of utmost importance.
As with all surgeries, there are risks to consider, such as:
- Infection of the wound
- Discomfort or pain
If you are dealing with skin cancer, Call Us! Our Dermatology Specialists will meet with you to determine if you are a candidate for the Mohs Micrographic Surgery.