Why are more and more dermatologists recommending Mohs skin cancer surgery?
A diagnosis of skin cancer is no laughing matter. Whether it’s common basal cell carcinoma or resistant melanoma, the condition must be promptly addressed. Mohs skin cancer surgery is the treatment that Houston-based DermSurgery Associates recommends for most patients.
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, so this is a good time to learn a little about Mohs surgery, recognized around the world as the treatment of choice for most types of skin cancer.
Quick facts about Mohs
The Mohs surgical method was developed by surgeon Frederic E. Mohs in 1938. It has grown in popularity through the years for several reasons including:
- It is non-invasive – there are no surgical instruments involved and the patient is never “opened up”
- Patient needs only local anesthesia – and therefore the procedure is far safer than a typical operation
- It is performed in an outpatient setting – meaning you come to the office, have the procedure, and then go back home
- Affects very little surrounding healthy tissue – making for a faster and more complete recovery
- High cure rate compared to other surgical methods – and this is the most important benefit of all to Mohs surgery
In performing Mohs skin cancer surgery, the dermatologic surgeon (who is also a pathologist) removes a small section of cancerous tissue from the patient’s skin. He/she then analyzes the specimen for cancer cells while the patient waits. This tells the surgeon where further tissue should be removed. These steps are repeated until the lesion has been completely excised.
It’s important to note here that Mohs skin cancer surgery and all other medical/surgical procedures should be done only in a licensed clinic or facility and should be performed only by personnel trained in the implementation of the procedures. Before having any type of surgery, you should confirm the professional credibility and training of the individual(s) who will be attending to you.
Highly effective on the two most common types of skin cancer
SkinCancer.org says: “Mohs surgery has come to be accepted as the single most effective technique for removing Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma . . . the two most common skin cancers. It accomplishes the nifty trick of sparing the greatest amount of healthy tissue while also most completely expunging cancer cells.”
As to the cure rate, SkinCancer.org is very clear: “[A]n unparalleled 98 percent or higher with Mohs, significantly better than the rates for standard excision or any other accepted method.”
When you arrange for safe and effective surgery for skin cancer at DermSurgery Associates, you’re in good hands. Our medical director is Dr. Leonard Goldberg, an award-winning, world-recognized leader in Mohs micrographic surgery. He is in demand as a speaker and has authored more than 200 publications. Joining Dr. Goldberg in treating skin cancer are Dr. Arash Kimyai-Asadi and Dr. Lucile E. White – board certified dermatologists who are fellowship-trained Mohs surgeons. When you choose DermSurgery, you’re choosing a highly qualified team of medical experts who understand skin cancer from every angle and are committed to bringing about the very best results in every patient.
Of course, it doesn’t stop with the Mohs surgical team. Everyone at DermSurgery is committed to providing you with the outstanding service you’ve come to expect from a state-of-the-art dermatology clinic with cutting-edge vision. With eight physicians and five service locations throughout the Houston metro region, DermSurgery has the skin care solutions you need.
This Skin Cancer Awareness Month, if you’ve been diagnosed with any form of skin cancer, please call us at 713.791.9966 and ask about the benefits of Mohs skin cancer surgery. If you haven’t, but have not completed an annual exam, all of your DermSurgery physicians are available for your annual skin exams.
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DermSurgery Associates is a Greater Houston area dermatology practice offering cosmetic, surgical and non-invasive dermatology treatments and procedures with industry-leading physicians trained and experienced with the most current dermatology technologies and procedures. For more information, contact
7515 Main, Suite 240
Houston, TX 77030