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Do I Need Mohs Surgery?

Although most skin cancers, when caught early, have very high survival rates, it is always quite scary to find out that you have been diagnosed with skin cancer. Your dermatologist will first review the type of skin cancer with you, and will then continue to describe the best ways to treat the type of skin cancer they have diagnosed. For certain types of skin cancer, like basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, your dermatologist may recommend a procedure called Mohs surgery.
Mohs surgery is an outpatient procedure, performed under local anesthesia, in a Mohs surgeon's office. A Mohs surgeon is typically a dermatologist with advanced fellowship training in this procedure. Mohs surgery has extremely high cure rates for non-melanoma skin cancer and is often used in areas where an optimal cosmetic result in needed, like the head and neck.
The Mohs surgeon starts by removing the skin cancer with the smallest margin possible. A technician processes the tissue in the office while you wait, and the Mohs surgeon then looks at the tissue under the microscope and makes a map of what is seen, evaluating 100% of the tissue margin. Any remaining cancerous cells are pinpointed and drawn on the map. The Mohs surgeon then returns to the patient, and knowing where the cancerous cells are on the map, determines where additional tissue needs to be removed, and takes a second layer of tissue. The process continues until the Mohs surgeon is confident that the skin cancer is removed. At that point, the reconstructive options are discussed to make the scar as unobtrusive as possible.
Dr. Schweiger explains that, "We work closely with Mohs surgeons, in order to make sure that skin cancers, such as basal cell carcinomas, are removed. This process yields an excellent cure rate for certain types of skin cancer and produces a very nice aesthetic result. It is important to see your dermatologist yearly, or more often if you have a history of skin cancer, in order to ensure that all new skin cancers and pre-cancers are treated promptly."
Dr. Rebecca Kleinerman, a procedural dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatologist is also trained in Mohs Surgery. Click here to learn more about skin cancer screening.  
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