The Mohs Procedure
Step 1 When skin cancer is diagnosed, we know the tumor’s roots are deeper than we can see. We have to remove the roots to prevent a recurrence.
Step 2 The section of tumor we can see is surgically removed.
Step 3 A layer of skin is removed. The surgeon divides the tissue into segments, color-codes them with dye, and marks the skin to show where each section came from. The surgeon then draws a map of the surgical site.
Step 4 The surgeon examines the edges and underside of each segment with a microscope to see if any cancer cells remain.
Step 5 If cancer cells are identified with the microscope, the surgeon reviews the map and removes another layer of skin, but only from the precise place the remaining cancer cells were found.
Step 6 The procedure continues in this manner until all evidence of cancer is gone. By removing only tissue that contains cancer, the healthy skin remains intact and less scarring occurs.
Skin Cancer Risk Factors
- A history of sunburns and exposure to ultraviolet rays
- Fair skin, which burns easily
- Multiple moles or unusual moles
- Family history of skin cancer
- Weakened immune system
Skin Cancer Warning Signs
- Changes in mole shape or pigmentation
- Bleeding or oozing from a bump
- A skin growth or that wasn’t there before or an older growth which changes is size or shape
Avoid tanning beds and sun lamps
Wear protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses
Use sunscreen and lip balm
Try to reduce outdoor time between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., when the sun’s rays are most direct
We perform Mohs micrographic surgery, excisional surgery, and radiation treatments. Our treatments remove the cancerous growth, minimize the risk of recurrence, and leave as little scarring as possible.