When is Mohs Surgery the best option? Dr Tarek Fakhouri of Advanced Dermatology recently
sat down in a recent tv interview and explained Mohs surgery. Depending on the type of cancer (Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma), Mohs is often the best choice for treatment. With Skin cancer being the most common of all cancers, Mohs has the highest cure rate of all the treatments available to treat it. If you or a loved one has to undergo Mohs…what is it, what to expect and when do you know you are a candidate for it.
Watch Dr Fakhouri’s full interview here:
These cancers usually develop on sun-exposed areas, especially the head and neck. Basal cell carcinoma was once found almost entirely in middle-aged or older people. Now it is also being seen in younger people, more likely because they are spending more time in the sun.
- Mohs surgery is a precise surgical technique used to treat skin cancer.
- If a patient has a suspicious spot on the skin, he/she will go to a dermatologist and have a biopsy of the lesion. The biopsy determines which type of cancer it is.
- Patients can be young to elderly
- He stresses the importance of regular skin cancer screenings, and urge all individuals, whether or not they are at a higher risk, to have their skin checked annually by an experienced dermatologist.
- During Mohs surgery, layers of cancer-containing skin are progressively removed and examined until only cancer-free tissue remains.
- The goal of Mohs surgery is to remove as much of the skin cancer as possible, while doing minimal damage to surrounding healthy tissue.
- Mohs surgery is usually done on an outpatient basis using a local anesthetic.
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