Procedure offers highest potential cure for skin cancer

Did you know that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer over the course of their lifetime, and the rates are continuing to rise? No one wants to be diagnosed with skin cancer, but if you are, WVU Medicine offers one of the most effective treatments available, Mohs surgery.

Dr. Min Deng

Mohs surgery is a highly specialized procedure in which your surgeon removes cancerous skin in thin layers, examining the tissue microscopically for remaining traces of cancer as you wait. WVU Medicine dermatologic surgeon, Min Deng, MD, is a board-certified dermatologist with specialty training in micrographic surgery and skin cancer. If any cancer remains, Dr. Deng will be able to map it and then remove additional skin only where it’s necessary until no further skin cancer is detected.

“Mohs surgery has revolutionized the way we treat certain skin cancers,” Deng said. It combines surgery with microscopic analysis and is all done on an outpatient basis. I’m looking forward to working with our patients and our physicians to provide them with the best care possible.”

Unlike other treatment methods, Mohs surgery allows for complete surgical margin evaluation, which offers you the highest potential for cure – even for more aggressive cancers and cancers that have previously been treated by other methods. At the same time, microscopic evaluation allows your surgeon to preserve as much normal skin as possible. You have a greater chance of a full recovery, and Mohs surgery reduces the need for you to have additional treatments or surgeries.

Mohs surgery is helpful for common skin cancers, like basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and some forms of melanoma, as well as rarer skin cancers. While certain small tumors may not qualify for Mohs surgery, this procedure is especially effective in treating skin cancers on the head and neck, hands, and feet; large and aggressive skin cancers; and cancers that have recurred despite previous treatment.

This outpatient procedure is done using a mild local anesthetic. You’ll be able to read or watch TV in the waiting room as the surgeon processes and reads the tissue.

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