Am I a Candidate for Mohs Surgery?

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April 20, 2018

You have been given a frightening diagnosis. You have skin cancer that is affecting your face and scalp. It may not be the first time that you have been affected by this dreaded disease. You want to get a handle on it as soon as possible. No one wants to live with cancer inside of them, especially when it is in such a visible place. Mohs surgery may be the best alternative to you to effectively treat skin cancer. It will give you the opportunity to take control of what is happening with your body and give yourself a better opportunity to avoid another bout of skin cancer in the future.

Is Mohs Surgery the Best Option for You?

Mohs surgery is typically recommended for patients who have skin cancer on the face, neck, and scalp. It is often advised when other methods have failed to effectively treat skin cancer. The first step involves targeting the area to be treated. The area to be treated is numbed with a local anesthetic. The top layer of skin is then removed and tested for the presence of skin cancer. The process will continue, layer by layer, until no more cancer cells are detected. You will know on that day that you are considered cancer-free. Once all cancer has been removed, the wound will need to be closed. If it is a small, simple wound, it can be stitched or sutured. If it is more involved, a skin graft or reconstructive surgery from a plastic surgeon may be necessary.

Why Choose Mohs Surgery?

Mohs surgery can give you peace of mind. You will leave with the reassurance that your skin cancer has been removed. You will also be less likely to have skin cancer strike in this area again after Mohs. Another reason to choose Mohs is to reduce the risk of your cancer spreading from the area. The last thing you want is to risk your skin cancer progressing. You don’t want to be disfigured by skin cancer in a visible area like your scalp, your nose, your ears, your neck, or your face. Skin cancer needs to be treated effectively in order to avoid the spread of cancer to other areas of your body, including your organs. Mohs surgery may be advised as the first response to skin cancer or it may be recommended after less invasive treatments have not been effective.

Talk to Us About Mohs Surgery

Every patient is unique. How you respond to treatment will vary from someone else. Your treatment will also depend on the type of skin cancer that you have. Make an appointment for a consultation with Torrey Pines Dermatology & Laser Center so you can explore your options. We will work together to create a treatment plan that will help you to deal with the cancer in your body. Contact us today!

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