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Taking a Closer Look at Mohs Micrographic Surgery

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer; each year, more than 3.5 million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed. Originally developed in the 1930s, Mohs micrographic surgery is a surgical dermatology technique that has become one of the most effective treatment solutions for the removal of skin cancers. Keep reading to take a closer look at this treatment solution and how it can eliminate cancer cells with great success. Development of Mohs Micrographic Surgery The Mohs micrographic surgery was developed by surgeon Frederic Edward Mohs in 1938 for the purpose of removing skin cancer as an effective treatment solution. During Mohs micrographic surgery, skin cells are removed in a single thin layer at a time. Once each layer is removed, your surgeon will pause to examine the cells under a microscope. This real-time examination of excised skin cells provides accurate information about the extent of skin cancer lesions and the point at which the cancer has been completely eliminated from the skin. Success of Mohs Micrographic Surgery Thanks to its unique technique of examining excised skin cells in real time during surgery, Mohs micrographic surgery can achieve extremely high success rates. Mohs micrographic surgery is 98% successful when used to remove the two most common forms of skin cancer, Basal Cell Carcinomas and Squamous Cell Carcinomas. In addition to effectively removing all cancer cells, Mohs micrographic surgery also preserves the greatest amount of healthy skin tissues during this process. Although Mohs micrographic surgery was not recommended for the treatment of melanoma in the past, modern techniques have improved the ability of this treatment option to eliminate melanoma-type skin cancers as well with improving success. Do you have concerns about skin cancer or questions about Mohs micrographic surgery in Tucson? At Specialists in Dermatology, our experienced dermatologists have the answers you need—you can contact us online or by calling (520) 382-3330 to discuss surgical, cosmetic, and general dermatology.