When you are facing skin cancer, you deserve treatments that are fast and effective while causing minimal scarring. Any type of cancer causes immense stress, and melanoma is the deadliest form of any skin cancer. Fortunately, all types of skin cancer can be easily and quickly treated without invasive surgeries when caught early. That is why it is so important to keep your annual skin checks with a qualified dermatologist. Only these trained professionals can catch the signs of skin cancer early. The earlier the skin cancer is diagnosed, the easier it is to treat.
Traditionally, testing for skin cancer or removing early-stage skin cancer required multiple appointments. One appointment would require the biopsy, or removal of the suspect site. Oftentimes, dermatologist would remove an ample area of the skin to help decrease additional biopsies in the future. However, this resulted in larger scars that could have been unnecessary.
Patients had to wait days or sometimes weeks for their biopsy results to return from an off-site lab. The wait was often more stressful than the procedure. Mohs micrographic surgery has changed all of this, and Spectrum Dermatology is one of the few clinics in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area that offers this innovative procedure.
Mohs micrographic surgery is simple but very effective. It relies on the idea that having a biopsy lab on-site will dramatically reduce a patient’s stress, time, and money spent when facing skin cancer. The technique combines traditional methods of diagnosing and treating skin cancer in a single appointment. Mohs uses a precise microscope to identify areas of the skin that are cancerous.
A Mohs micrographic surgery begins like any other skin biopsy, but with one big difference. The area removed is much smaller than traditional biopsies. The goal is to minimize tissue removal and scarring. Next, the biopsy is taken to the lab located within Spectrum Dermatology for analysis in real-time.
If the biopsy has borders that are “all clear” from skin cancer, the surgery is complete. If there are parts of the border still showing cancerous cells under the state-of-the-art technology, an additional, very small removal takes place. This process is repeated until the patient receives an all clear. Results are immediate, and the patient ultimately undergoes a single surgery. They are not prepped for recovery until the borders read as clear.
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Many types of skin cancer can be diagnosed and treated with Mohs micrographic surgery. These cancers include those in areas that are particularly difficult, such as near the eyes, lips, nose, on fingers and toes, the genitals, and scalp. Aggressive cancers and larger areas can also be treated with this type of surgery. Even recurring cancers are effectively treated with Mohs micrographic surgery.
Whether you have been diagnosed with skin cancer, are concerned about a troubling mole, or are looking for an expert in skin cancer for annual checks, Spectrum Dermatology is one of the few clinics in the area to offer this unique approach. You can contact us at (480) 948-8400 to schedule your Mohs consultation or mole check today.