About Mohs Surgery
Initially conceived by Dr. Frederick Mohs in the 1930s, Mohs surgery has come to be accepted as the most effective technique for removing basal-cell carcinoma and squamous-cell carcinoma, the two most common skin cancers. With Mohs surgery, the cure rates for those two kinds of cancers are unmatched at 99 percent or higher.
The difference between Mohs excisions and other techniques for removing skin cancer is that Mohs surgeons perform a microscopic mapping and examination of all excised tissue during the procedure that enables the roots of a cancer to be chased and removed. As a skin care expert, surgeon and pathologist, the Mohs surgeon can remove all the cancer cells and spare as much of the unaffected tissue as possible. This is especially important when removing cancers from such cosmetic areas as the nose, lips, eyelids and ears.