Why Choose Mohs?
Mohs surgery is used to treat the most common skin cancers, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, as well as some kinds of melanoma and other more unusual skin cancers. Mohs surgery is especially useful for skin cancers that have a high risk of recurrence and are located in areas where you want to preserve as much healthy tissue as possible, such as around the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, hands, feet, and genitals.
Why it’s so successful.
Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS) involves removing skin cancer layer-by-layer and examining the tissue under a microscope until healthy, cancer-free tissue around the tumor is reached (called clear margins). Because the Mohs College surgeon is specially trained as a cancer surgeon, pathologist, and reconstructive surgeon, Mohs surgery has the highest success rate of all treatments for skin cancer – up to 99%.
The Mohs Process
Skin cancer may extend beyond the visible portion of the tumor. If the roots are not removed, the cancer will recur.
The visible portion of the tumor is surgically removed.
A layer of skin is removed and divided into sections, which are then color coded. A map of the surgical site is drawn.
The undersurface and edges of each section are microscopically examined for evidence of remaining cancer.
If cancer cells are found, the location is marked on the map, and another layer is removed where the cancer cells remain.
The removal process stops when there is no evidence of cancer remaining in the surgical site.