What is Mohs Surgery?
posted: Jun. 25, 2019.
When it comes to skin cancer, early detection is essential. After all, the quicker the condition is discovered, the higher that the chances of recovery become. Once discovered, our dermatologist, Dr. Patricia C. McCormack, can start treatment at one of her offices in Point Pleasant Beach, Linden, NJ, or Staten Island, NY—one of the most common and effective being Mohs Surgery. Used to treat some basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, Mohs Surgery can end up removing the cancer before it has a chance to cause bodily harm. Read on to learn more.
More about Mohs Surgery
Mohs Micrographic Surgery treats non-melanoma skin cancer. It is a precise, microscopically-controlled outpatient surgery that removes cancerous tissue using microscopic examination.
During treatment at one of our offices in Point Pleasant Beach, Linden, or Staten Island, Dr. McCormack traces the edges of the cancer and completely removes tumors by mapping the cancerous roots using a microscope. After mapping the cancerous roots, Dr. McCormack excising them layer-by-layer, leading to a complete cancer removal
Following the procedure, patients can go home and/or resume their regular daily activities. However, there are other advantages to Mohs Surgery than just going home immediately afterward—the procedure also has a high cure rate (about 99% in many cases) and spares damage to normal tissue.
What are some other preventative measures?
While Mohs Surgery does boast a high cure rate, it's still incredibly important to take some preventative measures to protect yourself from developing sun cancer in the first place. Some of these lifestyle habits include:
- Seeking Shade: Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the sun’s rays are at their strongest. Accordingly, to avoid too much sun exposure, try wearing a hat and seeking shade if you do decide to go out during those hours.
- Protecting Your Skin: Wear a long‐sleeved shirt, pants, a wide‐brimmed hat, and sunglasses. Also, make sure you use one ounce of sunscreen, SPF of at least 30.
- Boosting Your Vitamin D: Eat a healthy diet that includes foods naturally rich in vitamin D, or take vitamin D supplements instead of over-exposing yourself to the sun.
- Regularly Visting Your Doctor: If you notice any growth, mole, sore, or skin discoloration that suddenly appears, visit one of our offices in nPoint Pleasant Beach, Linden, NJ, or Staten Island, NY.
Concerned about your skin? Give us a call
If you are interested in learning more about Mohs Surgery, contact one of our offices today to schedule an appointment with Dr. McCormack.
- Point Pleasant Beach: (732) 295-1331
- Linden: (908) 925-8877
- Staten Island: (718) 698-1616
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