If you have recently been diagnosed with skin cancer, you are not alone. Over one million people are diagnosed with skin cancer in the U.S. each year, making it the most common type of cancer. Fortunately, it is also one of the most treatable forms of cancer.
Some skin cancers are readily treated with topical creams, cryotherapy (freezing), electrodesiccation and curettage (burning and scraping), or simple excision. Mohs Micrographic Surgery is reserved for skin cancers that are:
Mohs surgery was developed by Dr. Frederic Mohs in the 1930’s. During this procedure, the visible skin cancer is removed and processed in the Mohs laboratory, examining all of the edges of the specimen under a microscope. If any skin cancer remains, the area of remaining cancer is re-excised and, again, examined under a microscope. This process is repeated until the entire skin cancer, including any “roots”, is completely removed (See The Mohs Procedure). Once the cancer has been proven to be completely removed, most wounds are then repaired and sutured.
The Mohs technique offers several advantages over other treatments:
When selecting a Mohs surgeon, it is important to select one who is fellowship trained in an ACGME or ACMS approved program. Dr. Cruz is not only Board Certified in Dermatology but are also Fellowship Trained in Skin Cancer and Reconstructive Surgery. Additionally, he is actively involved in training dermatology residents and medical students with the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. You can rest assured that you are receiving the greatest care with our experienced and well-trained team of experts.