Mohs Surgery a Strong Contender for the Best Skin Cancer Treatment
Skin cancer is an alarming diagnosis. We understand. At Advanced Laser & Skin Cancer Center, patients from the Teaneck, New Jersey area receive the screening, the information, and the treatment options they need to feel confident about their prognosis. One of the most innovative treatments at this time is Mohs Micrographic Surgery.
Historically, skin cancers have been frozen or burned off, or removed with surgical excision. Each method destroys or eliminates cancerous cells that can be seen. However, in order to ensure adequate removal, these methods also require the destruction of healthy tissue around the lesion. Inevitably, a small amount of abnormal cells is left behind, simply due to the fact that they are microscopic and therefore nearly impossible to see with standard surgical loupes.
Noticing the inherent problems of standard skin cancer removal methods, Dr. Frederic Mohs developed a micrographic surgical technique that could minimize tissue destruction and maximize the odds of success cancer removal. We are proud providers of Mohs Micrographic Surgery, and invite you to learn more about this procedures in our New Jersey practice.
What is Mohs?
Mohs Micrographic Surgery is a highly involved process through which the fullest extent of abnormal cells is removed. The procedure excised one layer of tissue at a time. Immediately following excision, the layer is mapped and examined under a microscope. Mapping enables the surgeon to pinpoint the exact locations of cancerous cells. The process of excision, mapping, and examination continues until all observed cells are normal and healthy.
Why Choose Mohs Surgery for Skin Cancer?
There are several advantages to the meticulous Mohs procedure. These include:
- Excellent success rate. Mohs cures up to 99% of original cancers. Recurrent cancers treated with Mohs have a 95% success rate.
- The painstaking process significantly lowers the risk of recurrence.
- Minimal scarring, which makes Mohs an excellent choice for visible areas such as the face.
Our physicians have completed the extensive, focused training required for Mohs certification. We are happy to consult with you regarding this procedure and how it may help you. Call Advanced Laser & Skin Cancer Center at (201) 836-9696.