According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, over 5.4 million cases of nonmelanoma skin cancer are treated in more than 3.3 million people across the United States each year. The organization also reports report that more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined over the past three decades. The most common types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, affecting 4 million and 1 million people each year respectively.
While those numbers seem scary, there are treatments available if you or someone you love were to develop skin cancer. In addition to finding the most effective treatment possible, you want to ensure that your treatments are done by a skilled surgeon who specializes in cancerous skin removal.
The Mohs technique, also known as Mohs micrographic surgery, was developed by Dr. Frederick Mohs in the 1930s and is the single most effective technique for removing these common cancers. One of the reasons why the Mohs technique is still so widely used among surgeons today is because it completely removes cancerous cells while maintaining the greatest amount of healthy skin tissue. With the Mohs technique, cure rates for Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinomas are 98 percent.
Choosing a Mohs surgeon to treat your cancer means that you’ll be in the care of a surgeon who is fellowship trained by The American College of Mohs Surgery and has undergone months of extensive, hands-on training with some of the highest qualified instructors in the field. Physicians are required to participate in at least 500 Mohs surgery cases under the supervision of an experienced Mohs surgeon. With the training and experience of a Mohs surgeon, you’ll receive the highest standard of quality and greatest chance for success.
Like the procedure itself, The American College of Mohs Surgery was founded by Dr. Frederick Mohs in 1967. Mohs as their first president and the college has more than 1,200 members. When you choose a Mohs surgeon for your skin cancer treatment, you’re in the best hands possible!
It’s also important to know that 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers are related to exposure to the sun. It is essential that you wear an SPF of at least 15 every single day. UV rays can penetrate the cloud on overcast days, so make it part of your daily routine no matter what.
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Disclaim: This blog provides general information and discussion about medical, cosmetic, mohs, and surgical dermatology. The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately-licensed dermatologist or other health care worker.