Dr. Christine Lee is a fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon and member of the American College of Mohs Surgery (ACMS). She may determine you are a candidate for the Mohs procedure, should you be diagnosed with Basal Cell Carcinoma or Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Mohs boasts an unprecedented cure rate of at least 99 percent for BCCs, and of at least 94 percent for SCCs.
Mohs may also be recommended should your cancer:
- Have a high risk of recurring
- Return after treatment
- Be present in obvious or sensitive areas, such as the face
- Be present in scar tissue
- Be aggressive
- Have hard-to-define borders
- Be unusually large
- Grow rapidly
Mohs is a preferred treatment for these and other challenging or aggressive cancers due to, partly, to its precision. This procedure is based off of the idea that many skin cancers resemble the roots of a tree. Tumor cells often grow down and out, like a tree's roots. While these "roots" can't be seen with the naked eye, they can be seen with a microscope.
A sample of tissue is removed and viewed under the microscope. If the microscopic roots of your cancer are seen another layer of tissue is removed. The procedure is repeated until no more cancerous cells can be seen upon further inspection.
Since only the tissues containing cancerous cells are removed, damage to otherwise healthy tissue is minimized. This precise approach also minimizes the odds of the cancer returning due to some cells being left behind.
Mohs is considered such an effective treatment when other approaches may have failed, because of how the tissue samples are microscopically examined. This method helps to achieve "clear margins," which is another way of saying all the tissue around the tumor is free of cancer cells.
As skilled cosmetic surgery professionals, East Bay Laser & Skin Care Center team is also skilled at restoring the appearance of the treated area back to its healthy, pre-cancer condition following Mohs. Prevention is always the best approach, and daily sun protection and avoidance, and professional skin checks are vital to keep your skin healthy and looking its best.
To schedule an appointment with your Mohs specialist in Walnut Creek CA, call (925) 500-1180.
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