The Importance of Mohs Surgery: Skin Cancer Removal

Finding out you have skin cancer is nerve-racking enough. Knowing you need surgery to remove the cancer can sound just as frightening. Fortunately, Mohs micrographic surgery is available so healthy cells are not removed in the process; an improvement from the standard local excision surgery.

Mohs micrographic surgery is a specialized surgical technique in which the skin that’s a cause for concern is precisely removed by each layer and examined under a microscope in order to ensure that all cancer cells have been removed.  After each layer of cancer-containing skin is progressively removed and examined and only cancer-free tissue layers remain, the procedure is over. This is all done under local anesthetics as an outpatient procedure and because of its precise removal in one session; the chances of a cure and reduced need for additional treatments and surgery are greatly increased.

Developed by Dr. Frederick Mohs in the 1930s, this surgery, after a few refinements since its inception, has come to be considered the most effective technique for removing common skin cancers. With more than two million cases of the two most popular skin cancers, basal and squamous cell carcinoma, discovered each year in America, Mohs surgery has become an important precision technique for surgical dermatologists everywhere. The cure rate for patients that are treated with Mohs surgery is 99 percent for most skin cancers, providing them with the greatest chance of recovery possible.

As a fellowship-trained Mohs and skin cancer surgeon, Dr. Cameron Rokhsar has extensive training and expertise on treating melanoma and other common skin cancers such as Basal and Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Dr. Rokhsar can diagnose cancer cells and perform Mohs surgeries in his offices located in New York City as well as Garden City, Long Island.

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