Why is Mohs Surgery considered the world’s gold standard treatment for BCC (basal cell carcinoma) and SCCs (squamous cell carcinoma)?

Dr. Bryce Cowan explains the types of cancers that are typically treated with Mohs surgery, and why the procedure has such as high cure rate.

Mohs surgery is considered the world’s gold standard treatment for all non-melanona skin cancers like basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Sometimes in-situ melanoma is also treated using this procedure. The principle is to preserve as much tissue as possible, and this is achieved by combining real-time histological analysis with surgical removal so that the cancer is completely removed while not requiring excess margin. Mohs is most effective on cancers that grow out from a root, and for this reason, for cancers like invasive melanoma which can break up, it is not often optimal to use this procedure.

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