How Is a Skin Cancer Screening Done?
Our staff has specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and malignant melanoma. Early detection and treatment can lead to a cure. Sun exposure is one of the main causes of skin cancer. We can discuss appropriate sun exposure and safe-sun precautionary behaviors with you. It is also important to develop a regular routine to inspect your skin. Any growth, mole, sore, or skin discoloration that appears suddenly, or begins to change in appearance, needs to be evaluated by a dermatologist.
Mohs Micrographic Surgery for Skin Cancer
Mohs Micrographic Surgery, an advanced procedure for the precise removal of skin cancer, is performed in our office. There is a number of highly effective options to treat skin cancers, including excision and suturing, curettage and electrodesiccation (scraping and burning), cryosurgery, radiation therapy, photodynamic therapy, and Mohs Surgery. With careful examination and a thorough exploration of your options, we will customize a plan to help you successfully control or remedy your problem.
Mohs Micrographic Surgery is primarily used to treat some basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas. It allows the physician to see beyond the visible disease, to precisely identify and remove the entire tumor, layer by layer, while leaving the surrounding healthy tissue intact and unharmed. As the most exact and precise method of tumor removal, it minimizes the chance of re-growth and lessens the potential for extensive scarring or disfigurement.
Because the physician is specially trained in surgery, pathology, and reconstruction, Mohs surgery has the highest success rate of all treatments for skin cancer - up to 99 percent. The Mohs technique is also the treatment of choice for cancers of the face and other sensitive areas as it relies on the accuracy of a microscopically controlled surgical procedure to trace the edges of cancer and ensure complete removal of tumors, down to the roots, during the initial surgery.