What Is Mohs Surgery And What Can Be Done To Prevent Skin Cancer?

Mohs surgery is a surgical procedure named after a doctor by the name of Frederic E. Mohs, MD. This procedure is a technique in which the skin is numbed with anesthetic, then the area in question is shaved off with a scalpel down to the skin and the portion that was shaved is then tested for cancerous cells. Lab work is performed on the portion that was shaved off to test for cancerous cells using a mapping method to detect the cancerous cells. If cancerous cells are detected, more of the skin in the area will need to be removed until all of the labs come back as benign. Read on for more information about Mohs surgery and what can be done to prevent skin cancer to begin with.

Performed In-Office

This surgery is typically performed in the dermatologist's office. You are numbed for the procedure using a local anesthetic so you don't feel too much pain, though you may experience some pressure or irritation. The lab work is completed while you wait, and further surgery may need to be performed in order to ensure all of the cancerous cells are removed.

Further Surgery May Be Necessary

If you have a lot of cancerous cells,  the dermatologist may only be able to go so deep into your skin to remove the cancer cells. In this case, further surgery may be necessary in order to ensure all of the cancer is removed. If this is the case, you will go in for surgery, and a skin graft may be necessary as well.

Skin Cancer Prevention

Skin cancer can be prevented by taking care to keep your skin out of the sun and protected from the sun's harmful rays. You need to wear an SPF of at least 50 or more on the skin when you are out in the sun. Wear loose-fitting clothing when outside to stay cool, but to also keep your skin from being harmed by the sun's rays. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to protect the skin on your face. Remember to protect the delicate skin on your hands, neck, and the back of your ears when you are in the sun as well.

If you have a questionable mole or abnormal spot on your body, you should have it checked for skin cancer. Talk to your dermatologist about the Mohs surgical procedure for treatment if necessary and take the steps in order to prevent skin cancer to begin with. For more information, contact a clinic such as Desert Dermatology & Skin Cancer Specialists