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When to get a Skin Cancer Screening

When to get a Skin Cancer Screening

Skin cancer can be very serious, but when it is caught and treated early it has a high cure rate.  That’s why it’s so important to check your skin regularly, so that you are aware of the usual moles and spots on your body and can easily recognize any changes.  But when should you get a skin cancer screening?

Checking skin moles

In order to be proactive about preventing skin cancer, doctors recommend that individuals do a monthly self-examination to identify any changes to the moles on their skin.  Examining moles regularly, increases the likelihood of early detection of skin cancer.  

What to look for

When checking the skin, individuals should look for changes in the asymmetry, border, color, diameter, of the mole, or any evolving moles.   This is known as the ABCDE rule, and is used as a guide to identify any atypical moles.  If a mole displays any of these signs, it’s important to have it checked immediately by a dermatologist. 

When to get a skin cancer screening

Individuals with a family or personal history of skin cancer should get screened at least once a year.  People that are at high risk of developing skin cancer, such as those that sunburn easily, have fair skin, or have a history of using tanning beds, should also get annual skin cancer screening.   Everyone else should get a skin check whenever they are concerned about changes to a mole on their skin (learn more).

Would you like to learn more about skin cancer screening?   Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Tucson or Sierra Vista AZ areas, Dermatology and Plastic Surgery of Arizona is our featured practice.

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How do I know if I need Mohs surgery?

How do I know if I need Mohs surgery?

Mohs surgery is considered the gold standard for treating skin cancer especially basal cell carcinoma (BCC). Many cases of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) are also treated with Mohs surgery. Mohs surgery is a precise procedure that has a high degree of clinical success. But how do you know if you need Mohs surgery?

How is Mohs surgery performed?

The surgeon will remove the entire visible part of the tumor, and then map the area from which the tissue was taken. A thin sample of tissue is excised and examined under a microscope to determine if cancer cells are still there. If they are, another tissue sample is removed and examined. The process is continued until no traces of cancer remain.

How do I know if I need Mohs surgery?

If you have BCC, your doctor will probably recommend Mohs surgery. Mohs surgery is the first choice for treating BCC because of its high cure rate.

Also, if you have skin cancer on a critical part of the body such as the nose or lips, Mohs surgery is the ideal solution, because it saves as much healthy tissue as possible. It leaves a very small scar, and does not disfigure the area.

When Mohs surgery is used to treat BCC, the chance of the cancer returning is very low, because Mohs surgery goes below the surface of the skin, ensuring no cancer cells are left behind. On the other hand, if BCC is treated non-surgically, the cancer cells may not be completely removed.

Would you like to learn more about Mohs surgery? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Tucson or Sierra Vista, AZ areas, Dermatology & Plastic Surgery of Arizona is our featured practice.

You can reach them at, or by calling 520-207-3100 for the Tucson location or 520-458-1787 for Sierra Vista.

What Is Mohs Micrographic Surgery

What Is Mohs Micrographic Surgery

Non-melanoma skin cancer is a serious problem in the US, as each year approximately 3 million people are diagnosed with the disease. However, the condition is treatable if caught early, and Mohs micrographic surgery is a highly successful treatment option. But what exactly is Mohs micrographic surgery.

What is Mohs micrographic surgery?
Mohs micrographic surgery is a precise procedure that is used to treat certain types of skin cancer, specifically, basal cell carcinoma BCC and squamous cell carcinoma SCC. The specialized surgical technique was developed by Dr. Frederic Mohs in the 1930’s.

Mohs surgery has a high success rate, which is due to the fact that it removes the portion of the tumor, as well as the roots that lie below the surface of the skin.

How Mohs Micrographic surgery works
Local anesthesia is used to numb the area, and the tumor is then excised. A layer of tissue in the surrounding area is then surgically removed, and is taken to the lab for analysis. The surgeon cuts the tissue, uses dyes to color code it, and draws a map of the surgical site. During this time the wound is bandaged, and the patient awaits the results.

The tissue is divided in the lab and examined under a microscope, to determine if there is any evidence of cancer. If there is, the surgeon marks the area on the map, and then removes another layer of tissue from the patient in the spot where cancer cells are seen. This process is repeated until no more cancer cells are present. Depending on the extent of surgery the wound may be stitched, or left to heal on its own.

Would you like more information on Mohs micrographic surgery? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Memphis or Collierville, TN areas Levy Dermatology is our featured practice.

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What is Mohs Micrographic Surgery?

If you are interested in an effective skin cancer treatment, Mohs Micrographic surgery is the most successful. It is a highly specialized, proven technique that has a very high cure rate, but what exactly is Mohs Micrographic surgery.

What is Mohs Micrographic Surgery (Mohs Surgery)?
Mohs Micrographic Surgery is a surgical procedure commonly used for treating skin cancer, particularly basal cell carcinoma (BCC), and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). It is a complex technique that was developed by Dr. Frederic Mohs in the 1930’s, and has since undergone several improvements.

Mohs surgery is performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. It is a time-consuming procedure that can take several hours to complete. However, it has a very high success rate.

Mohs surgery involves eliminating the skin cancer by removing a thin layer of tissue at a time. The tissue that is taken is carefully examined under a microscope, and if any cancer cells are seen, another layer of tissue is taken from the affected area. This process is continued until all the cancer is removed. The wound is then repaired with incisions or a skin graft.

Since Mohs surgery is such a very precise treatment, it leaves much of the healthy skin intact.

Mohs surgery is a specialized treatment that must be performed by a surgeon that has received formal training in the technique, and is also a member of the American College of Mohs Surgery.

Would you like to find out if Mohs surgery is a suitable treatment for your skin cancer? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in Memphis and Germantown, TN, Levy Dermatology with offices in Memphis and Collierville, is our featured practice.

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How is Mohs surgery performed to treat and remove skin cancer?

Since being invented by Dr. Frederic Mohs in the 1930’s, Mohs surgery has evolved into a highly effective treatment for certain types of skin cancer. But how is Mohs surgery performed to treat and remove skin cancer.

What is Mohs surgery?
Mohs surgery (Mohs micrographic surgery) is a specialized surgical procedure for the treatment of skin cancer. It produces remarkableresults when used to treat basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma, as it has a success rate of 97-99% when treating these cancers.The decision to go with Mohs surgery for cancer treatment will depend on the size, type, and location of the cancer.

How is Mohs surgery performed?
Mohs surgery is done under local anesthesia, and can be performed in a physician’s office.

The area is first numbed, and then the surgeon will excise a thin layer of skin along with the tumor. The tissue sample is examined under a microscope to determine if there are any cancer cells present. If cancer cells are detected, another tissue layer is removed, and this process continues until the samples are free of any cancer cells.

Mohs surgery can be lengthy, but it is extremely beneficial because it saves a lot of the healthy skin in the vicinity of the tumor. This is often very critical if the cancer is located in sensitive areas such as near the eyes, or on the hand.

When surgery is complete the surgical wound is closed with sutures, or with a skin graft or skin flap.

Mohs surgery is performed by dermatologists that have received the requisite training.

Clients in Memphis, TN, in can contact board certified dermatologist Dr. Alan Levy of Levy Dermatology, to learn more about the procedure.

Call 901-624-3333 today to schedule a consultation.

What’s the best skin cancer treatment?

Skin cancer is a common type of cancer that is closely linked to excess exposure to the sun’s UV rays. Therefore people who work outdoors, should take extra precautions to avoid sundamage. In recent years there have been several developments in cancer treatment, but what’s the best skin cancer treatment.

What’s the best skin cancer treatment?
There is really no ‘best’ treatment for skin cancer, as the choice will depend on the type of tumor, as well as its location, size, and depth of penetration. Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, but it can be treated successfully when detected early. Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are the other major types.

Melanoma is most commonly treated by surgical excision to remove the cancer cells, and this is usually adequate when it’s in the early stages.  However, additional treatment options may be more suitable when melanoma is in an advanced stage. These include radiation therapy and chemotherapy.

Mohs surgery is usually used to treat both basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Surgery involves cutting away the visible skin cancer in a precise manner, so that only a small amount of healthy tissue is excised. Each layer of tissue is examined under a microscope, until the entire tumor is removed.

Cyrotherapy, which is a procedure in which lesions on the surface of the skin are frozen, can also be used to treat early stage basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.

Skin Cancer Treatment in Illinois
Skin cancer treatment is available at Skin Care Center, with offices in Chicago (773-296-3636), Glenview (847-901-0252), and Lake Forest(847-234-6121), Illinois. Call us today to schedule an appointment, and our board certified dermatologist will determine which cancer treatment would be the most effective for you.

Are there different procedures to remove a mole?

Moles are pigmented lesions that are usually quite harmless, but if they bother you in any way,it’s possible to get them removed. But are there different procedures to remove a mole, or can it only be done surgically.

What is a mole?
A mole is a dark spot that develops on the skin, as a result of the accumulation of melanocytes (pigmented cells) in a single area.Moles can be flat or raised, and circular or oval in shape. They are normally brown, black, or pink in colour.

Moles can usually be left alone, but if there are any changes in the shape, size, or colour, you should always visit your doctor to get them checked, as it could indicate something more serious.

Common procedures for mole removal include:
Shave excision: This method works best on moles that are raised enough so that they can be easily shaved away. The area is first numbed using local anaesthetic, and a derma blade is used to shave the mole flat.The area is then cauterized with a chemical solution to prevent any bleeding.
Laser Removal: Laser treatment is suitable for smaller moles. The light energy targets and breaks down the pigmented cells that make up the mole.
SurgicalExcision: This is recommended for flat moles, and is also used in on moles that are considered suspicious. With this method a scalpel is used to remove the mole in its entirety. This generally leaves a small scar, but the scar will improve as time passes.

Do you have a mole that’s bothering you? Contact Medicetics Skin Clinic, London to find out more about the options available for mole removal. Call +44 (0) 207 402 2033 now to book a consultation.

How to Repair Mohs Surgery Wound?

How to Repair Mohs Surgery Wound?

There are certain types of cancer that can be successfully treated using Mohs surgery. Mohs surgery is an innovative procedure that has ahigh cure rate. It is usually done on an outpatient basis. One of the questions patients routinely ask about the procedure is  how to repair Mohs surgery wound.

Mohs Chemosurgery
Mohs micrographic surgery is a very precise technique used for the removal of cancerous cells. It allows the surgeon to target only the affected area, in order to remove the damaged tissue, while leaving the healthy tissue intact. The technique has a very high success rate, and additional treatments are not usually needed, because the cancer is fully removed.

During surgery fine layers of diseased skin are removed successively. It is then  examined under a microscope to see if there are any cancer cells. If there are, the surgeon will keep removing fine layers until only cancer free skin remains. After this the incision is closed, and the wound sutured.

Repairing Mohs Surgery wounds
A dressing is normally put over the wound after surgery, and this should remain undisturbedfor at least 48 hours. During that time patients must be careful not to get the wound wet.

Doctors suggest putting an ice pack over the dressing once every hour in the period immediately following surgery, as this will help to minimize swelling, and reduce the pain.

It’s important not to disturb the wound, because as it heals a film of new skin cells will form over it, and this helps to keep the wound water-tight. The dressing is usually replaced about 3 days after surgery.

Contact Skin Cancer Specialists, P. C. and Aesthetic Center, Marietta, Georgia, for more information about Mohs surgery. Call 770-422-5557 to schedule a consultation (click here).