Mohs skin cancer surgery is performed by specially trained mohs surgeons. This probably would have worked best for me, 20 years ago, at the very first sign of my squamous cell carcinoma.
Unfortunately I was quite uninformed about everything and knew nothing about the mohs surgery procedure.
Nevertheless it’s been over 20 years that I’ve been cancer free, but I did undergo some very aggressive conventional treatments.
I’ve learned many things about skin cancer, including the mohs procedure and would like for you to know also.
Mohs surgery is also known as Mohs micrographic surgery and it is a very highly surgical technique for the removal of skin cancer.
The procedure was developed in the 1930’s by a doctor named Frederick Mohs. Today it is well accepted world wide throughout the medical community.
Mohs surgeons performing this Mohs procedure have received further specialized training in surgery, pathology and reconstruction.
As the mohs surgeon is scooping away the cancerous tissue with a sharp instrument, he or she also serves as a pathologist using the Mohs microscopic surgery technique of examining the tissue until all cancerous tissue is removed and only healthy tissue remains.
The mohs technique allows the doctor to see beyond the superficial skin cancer, identify and remove layer by layer all of the cancer including its roots and irregular surrounding areas.
Healthy tissue is left undisturbed. Chances of re-growth are greatly minimized and chances are greater for a good cosmetic appearance.
The Mohs surgery procedure has up to a 99% success rate.
Always see a qualified professional when you see any suspicious lesions or lumps on your skin.
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After being cancer free for 20 years, recently a spot of basal cell carcinoma was found on my face. It was successfully removed by the mohs surgery procedure. Read About My Experience With Mohs Surgery
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"MELANOMA : “NO BIG DEAL ” IT'S JUST SKIN CANCER!
Hi! My name is Nick and I’m 56 yrs. old and this is part of my story. Let me tell you, I was like a lot of people out there and I had no idea that skin cancer was anything bad. I had Basal cell back in 2007, but that was no big deal and it was removed and that was the end of that. No one told me that it was a type of skin cancer (I looked it up on my computer). But still no big deal, it would not kill me.
But I did know the word "Melanoma"....." --by Nick
Scared to Death!!! - by Shelly
Our Cancer Stories are so similar, mine and Gary's! - by Valerie
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