If you’ve been recently diagnosed with skin cancer, you might have a lot of questions on your mind. What’s the best way to get rid of skin cancer? What if the cancerous mole or lesion is on your face? Is there a way to get rid of the cancer without undergoing chemotherapy or another invasive treatment?
As it turns out, one of the most common ways to treat skin cancer is also the most effective and minimally invasive: Mohs surgery.
What is Mohs Surgery?
Mohs surgery is a skin cancer removal procedure that involves excising the lesion or tumor from the skin. While it was developed 60 years ago, today it’s believed to be one of the best ways to remove skin cancer tumors and lesions from cosmetically sensitive areas, like the face or neck. It’s also regarded as one of the first options for skin cancer treatment, especially in cases where the cancerous lesion has been quickly identified.
What Are the Benefits of Mohs Surgery?
The advantage of Mohs surgery is that it’s one of the most precise and accurate ways to eliminate skin cancer. A cancerous lesion or mole may appear to be surface-level, but it will usually have roots that extend below into the dermis; if these roots aren’t removed, the tumor will usually appear again. Mohs surgery excises both the cancerous lesion and its roots, which help minimize the likelihood that the tumor will come back.
Mohs surgery is done at the microscopic level, which ensures that all of the skin cancer is removed without harming surrounding healthy tissue. While the procedure will leave a scar, patients can be sure that as much healthy skin tissue as possible will be left behind.
Take the Next Step
Want to learn more about the benefits of Mohs surgery? Schedule your consultation at Plymouth Meeting Dermatology, serving the Philadelphia metro area. (610) 828-0400