Mohs Surgery in New Jersey
First developed by Dr. Frederick Mohs in the 1930s, Mohs surgery, also known as Mohs micrographic surgery, is widely accepted as the single most effective technique for removing the two most common skin cancers: basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.
The Mohs technique is an elegantly simple procedure. In Mohs surgery, a thin layer of tissue is removed from the visible tumor and examined under a microscope for cancer cells. If cancer is found, the procedure is repeated until the margins are cancer-free.
Over the years, the method used to process the tissue during Mohs surgery has been refined to allow for a more thorough evaluation of the surgical margin. This eliminates the guesswork in skin cancer removal, ensuring the cancer cells are eradicated while sparing healthy tissue to avail the best therapeutic and cosmetic result. It's also the reason Mohs surgery has an unparalleled 97 to 99% cure rate for basal and squamous cell cancers.
Dr. Christopher Kruse is our in-house Mohs surgery specialist.
More about skin cancer and Mohs surgery in New Jersey
Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are common, and are estimated to impact about half of the U.S. population who reach the age of 65. While neither is as deadly as melanoma, cases that are suspected to be either type of cancer should be diagnosed efficiently and treated appropriately. If a dermatologist catches the carcinoma early, Mohs micrographic surgery can halt its spread, as well as remove it entirely.
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The National Cancer Institute notes that Mohs surgery is particularly suited to certain areas of the face and body that are cosmetically impacted by the growth and will also be impacted by the removal process. This includes around the eyes, the nose and cheeks, on the forehead or scalp, and even fingers.
Mohs micrographic surgery has the dual benefit of preserving maximum esthetics in sensitive areas and being a method of cancer removal, since the Institute also mentions the surgery's positive application for recurring tumors thought to have already been completely excised. Growths with borders that are poorly defined are also ideal targets for this precision-driven method.
Final words on Mohs surgery
Cancer is very serious, and the speed at which an abnormal growth is identified and treated can be the deciding factor in a positive outcome. While Mohs surgery is incredibly effective at removing the carcinomas mentioned above, another type of skin cancer, melanoma, is more difficult to treat and often requires more aggressive methods. Doctors are working to improve their ability to apply the effective Mohs micrographic surgery to this more deadly form of cancer, but remember that prevention is the best tactic in the fight against any carcinoma or melanoma. Wear sunscreen every day, avoid excessive UV exposure, and get regular skin checks from a professional dermatologist.