Mohs Histographic Surgery

Increased awareness of skin cancer has resulted in increased numbers of patients visiting their dermatologists. When warranted, the dermatologist may perform a biopsy of any suspicious lesion and submit it to a pathology laboratory for diagnosis by a pathologist. If the diagnosis is a cancer, the lesion will have to be excised, since the cure for skin cancer is surgical removal of the tumor. For lesions located on the face, head, neck or other cosmetically sensitive areas, the dermatologist may elect to employ the method of Mohs histographic surgery to effect the complete surgical removal of the tumor. This procedure is usually reserved for basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Malignant melanoma is usually treated with standard elliptical excisions.

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