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Dr. Frederick Mohs at the University of Wisconsin developed Mohs micrographic surgery. It is a state-of-the-art, extremely accurate method of removing skin cancer.
Mohs surgery is the most advanced, precise method of removing skin cancer. It has a cure rate of above 99%, as compared to a cure rate of 85% – 92% for standard skin cancer surgery. Mohs surgery is the gold standard of treatment for skin cancer.
You can put your mind at ease knowing that in addition to providing you with the highest cure rate possible, the Mohs procedure removes the least amount of healthy skin compared to other surgical techniques. Conventional surgery involves removing up to a ¼ inch of the normal appearing skin all the way around the skin cancer to increase the chances of cure. The immediate tissue processing and precise mapping done with Mohs surgery makes this unnecessary. This means that the defect (hole) left after removing the cancer is leaving a smaller scar, providing you with a better cosmetic outcome.
The roots of a skin cancer can extend beyond the visible portion of the lesion. The Mohs process removes the roots of the cancer to minimize the risk of recurrence.