What Is Moh's Surgery?


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Mohs surgery is an effective procedure used to remove cancer cells and tumors from the skin. A dermatologist performs the surgery, and skin is removed in layers until the surgeon no longer sees cancer cells in the specimens when looking under a microscope, explains the American College of Mohs Surgery.

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What Is Moh's Surgery?
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According to the American Society for Mohs Surgery, studies have shown the five-year cure rate for Mohs surgery is close to 99 percent when a newly diagnosed skin cancer is removed and approximately 95 percent when it is recurrent cancer.

The Skin Cancer Foundation states that the Mohs procedure was developed by Dr. Frederick Mohs in the 1930s, and as of 2014, it remains the most effective procedure for treating basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas.

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