Mohs Micrographic Surgery: Its Benefits over Other Skin Cancer Treatments
- Posted on: Dec 15 2013
Being the most common form of skin cancer in the United States, we at the Laser & Mohs Dermatology of New York often encounter skin cancer patients who require Mohs Micrographic Surgery in New York. This particular treatment has a lot of benefits when it comes to treating non-melanotic skin cancer.
Eliminates all tumor roots
Resected tissue goes through microscopic analysis that permits the surgeon to track cancer removal as well as make sure that all of the tumor roots are eliminated. Tumors can be compared to the roots of the tree as they extend under the normal skin. Through Mohs Micrographic Surgery, the surgeon can see beyond the tumor permitting total removal.
Excellent cure rates
The surgery has a cure rate of 99% for primary cancers. Secondary cancers or those that have been treated previously have a slightly lower cure rate.
Preserves normal tissue
The amount of normal tissue sacrificed during surgery is very minimal. It also gives a good foundation for skin reconstruction. The procedure limits scarring and permanent disfigurement as well.
Lower cost compared to other skin cancer treatments
Compared to radiation therapy, surgery done in hospital operating theaters, and excision with frozen sections, Mohs Micrographic Surgery is less expensive.
Early detection of non-melanotic skin cancer
Despite being an effective treatment for basal cell cancer, sebaceous carcinoma, squamous cell cancer, and other non-melanotic forms of skin cancer, it is still important to detect skin cancer at an early stage.
If you notice any skin changes including suspicious moles, be sure to consult a doctor right away. It is also important to see a dermatologist at least once every year so your skin will be examined and to receive instructions on preventing skin cancer as well as proper skin care.
To learn more about Mohs Micrographic surgery and skin cancer, set an appointment with us today by calling 212-391-8600 or by filling out this online contact form. We would love to help you take care of your skin!