If you’ve been to see a dermatologist and you’ve been diagnosed with a type of skin cancer, chances are good that you’re feeling scared and worried about the future. Especially with early detection, most cases of skin cancer have a very high recovery rate unless the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. However, when the diagnosis and need for treatment arises, a certain level of fear sinks in for most patients.
Mohs skin cancer treatment in Scarsdale
Mohs surgery, a technique also known as chemosurgery, is a relatively painless treatment devised for skin cancer and related ailments. It is performed over multiple sessions, and relies on the use of an extremely precise microscopic tool to gauge the extent of a cancerous area and remove the affected skin cells. Mohs micrographic surgery is able to map out the exact shape, width, depth, and dimensions so that all the cancerous cells are removed and destroyed, while preserving as much skin in the surrounding area as possible.
It is extraordinarily successful, with 5-year remission rates being between 94-99% of patients with non-metastatic skin cancer.
What is Squamous Cell Carcinoma?
Squamous cell carcinoma is a type of skin cancer which doesn’t metastasize as quickly as melanoma, but can be difficult to completely cure. The affected areas appear as lesions that grow over time, rather than as moles or discolorations of the skin. The lesions are often more difficult to remove and control than the malignant skin created by basal cell carcinoma, but a skilled dermatologist will recommend Mohs surgery as the first line of treatment.
Basal Cell Carcinoma and Westchester County Residents
Basal cell carcinoma is one of the most common types of skin cancer, and also one of the least deadly. However, a great concern with basal cell carcinoma is disfigurement, as the affected areas are usually on the head and neck. The goal is to remove the malignant area without causing any permanent damage to surrounding tissue that may result in a patient seeking plastic surgery. Even more importantly, doctors must be certain that all layers of the affected area are removed to prevent a recurrence of the cancer.
Learn about our treatments for skin cancer in New York
All types of skin cancer can be treated through Mohs micrographic surgery, and the precision of the technique also cuts down on the likelihood of any scars or deformity. Skin cancer may be frightening, but having this reliable treatment is reassuring to many patients.
Contact the Westchester Center for Dermatology, with destinations in New York City and Westchester County, to schedule a consultation with a dermatologist to speak further about Mohs surgery or other skin cancer treatments.