At Midwest Dermatology Clinic, patients diagnosed with skin cancer are often candidates for Mohs Microscopic Skin Cancer surgery. This advanced procedure offers the highest cure rate for skin cancers in hard to treat areas such as the face, and for aggressive or recurrent cancers. Your Midwest Dermatology Clinic physician serves as the surgeon, pathologist, and reconstructive specialist, following the skin cancer to its roots and removing only affected tissue, while preserving healthy skin for the best possible cosmetic outcome.
Mohs surgery is used to treat high risk Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma. When the preservation of healthy tissue is needed, the Mohs surgeon excises the visible portion of the tumor and uses microscopic technique to ensure that the cancer does not extend deeper into the skin. If needed, additional small sections will be removed in the direction of the cancerous cells until a complete clearing is reached. The healthy tissue can be used to close the wound with the least visible scar.
Mohs surgery is an important surgical option in the treatment of skin cancer. Early diagnosis and prevention are also key components. Protect your skin by staying away from sun exposure during peak hours and using a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. And know the warning signs of skin cancer so that you can work with a Midwest Dermatology Clinic physician for early diagnosis and treatment:
- A growth that is new or increases in size.
- A spot that itches, crusts, scabs or bleeds.
- An open sore or wound that does not heal.
- A mole or growth that is waxy, black, multicolored, has irregular borders, or grows in an asymmetrical pattern.