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Initially developed by Dr. Frederic E. Mohs, the Mohs procedure is a state-of-the-art treatment that had been continuously refined over 70 years. With the Mohs technique, physicians are able 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 scarring or disfigurement.
Because the physician is specially trained in surgery, pathology, and reconstruction, Mohs surgery has the lowest reoccurrence rate of all treatments for skin cancer – as little as 1%. 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 microscopic surgical procedure to trace the edges ofthe cancer and ensure complete removal of all tumors down to the roots during the initial surgery.
If any of the sections contain cancer cells, Dr. Kolansky:
If microscopic analysis still shows evidence of disease, the process continues layer-by-layer until the cancer is completely removed. When the removed tissue shows no sign of disease, the removal process stops. This aids in preserving or “saving” healthy, normal tissue. This technique ensures that all the diseased tissue—and only the diseased tissue—is removed. The importance of leaving as much normal, uninvolved skin as possible is readily appreciated