26 Sep Mohs Surgery Increasingly Used for Melanoma
Mohs surgery ensures the highest quality of treating skin cancer while simultaneously making scars as minimal as possible. Spectrum Dermatology offers in-office Mohs surgery so that patients can take care of their skin cancer treatment in a single appointment. The procedure is relatively simple: Remove the biopsied area, check the borders for “clearance” while the patient waits, and if necessary keep removing smaller areas until there’s an “all clear.”
Why isn’t Mohs offered in every dermatological clinic? It requires having a lab and staff on-site to check the borders in real time. Many offices do not have an on-site lab, and instead, have to send the samples to lab sites for testing. This can mean the patient has to come back repeatedly for additional excisions. Since this non-Mohs approach can be costly and time-consuming, usually larger areas are excised—which means bigger scars.
For years, Mohs surgery has been the preferred method for squamous cell and basal cell carcinomas. However, the deadliest form of skin cancer is melanoma. Recently, according to Skincancer.org, offices have been using Mohs surgery to treat melanoma, too.
Melanoma can spread relatively quickly after diagnosis and is the deadliest form of all cancers. However, it is also one of the easiest to treat when caught early. If melanoma has not spread beyond the skin, it may be possible to treat with Mohs surgery alone. Only your dermatologist can determine if this is the case and come up with the best treatment plan for you. It may still be recommended that other forms of treatment are best for your particular condition, but it is still a wise move to choose a dermatology clinic that offers Mohs surgery.
Skin Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment – Talk with Spectrum Dermatology
Sometimes, a person may avoid seeing a dermatologist for mole checks or asking about skin cancer because they worry about scarring. Mohs is the unprecedented option for treating many types of skin cancer with minimal scarring. Your dermatologist can also offer follow-up care, such as laser skin rejuvenation to treat scarring. Schedule your mole check today by calling Spectrum Dermatology at 480-948-8400.