Mohs micrographic surgery, performed by a fellowship-trained member of the American College of Mohs Surgery, is an advanced treatment for skin cancer that offers the highest cure rate – even if the skin cancer has been previously treated by another procedure. Mohs surgery is a state-of-the-art treatment in which the physician serves as surgeon, pathologist and reconstructive surgeon. It relies on the ability of a microscope to trace out and ensure removal of the skin cancer’s roots. This procedure allows physicians who have completed a fellowship in Mohs surgery to see beyond the visible disease and to precisely identify and remove the entire tumor, leaving healthy tissue intact and unharmed. Mohs surgery is most often used to treat two of the most common forms of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, however it is also an effective treatment for other types of skin cancer.
Clinical studies have shown that the cure rate for Mohs micrographic surgery is the highest of all treatments for previously untreated basal cell carcinoma – 99 percent – and 95 percent for recurrent basal cell carcinomas. As the most exact and precise method of tumor removal, this procedure minimizes the chance of recurrence and decreases the potential for scarring or disfigurement. As such, Mohs surgery offers the highest potential for complete removal of the cancer, while sparing the surrounding healthy tissue.