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Last Modified: May 6, 2007
Frederic E. Mohs, MD, developed the micrographic surgical technique that bears his name. It is a highly specialized method of removing skin cancers that uses microscopic guidance to decrease the likelihood of leaving behind extensions of cancer that are not visible at the the skin surface [Figure 1]; and to avoid wide cuts that would remove healthy skin and unnecessarily increase scarring [Figure 2].
Mohs micrographic surgery offers the best chance that your cancer is completely removed, while sparing as much healthy skin as possible [Figure 3].
The precision of Mohs micrographic surgery results in two major advantages:
These advantages make Mohs micrographic surgery especially useful for the treatment of skin cancers that are large, have poorly defined edges, have grown back after previous treatments, or are located on areas of the body where keeping the surgical wound as small as possible is critical in obtaining excellent cosmetic and functional outcomes.
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Apr 18, 2012 - For Medicare beneficiaries, the rate of use of Mohs micrographic surgery to treat nonmelanoma skin cancer doubled from 2001 through 2006, according to research published in the April issue of the Archives of Dermatology.
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