What Is Mohs Surgery?
The Mohs surgery is named after Dr. Frederic Mohs, who developed the procedure that carries his name in the 1930s. Since then, Mohs surgery has been used by a growing number of surgeons to treat a wide variety of skin cancers. Mohs surgery is recognized by the medical community as the most effective technique for removing Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma, known respectively as BCCs and SCCs. They are the most common skin cancers. Mohs is widely utilized because it spares the largest amount of healthy tissue – while nearly eliminating cancer cells. Studies reveal cure rates for BCC and SCC are 98 percent or higher when Mohs surgery is performed – dramatically better than other methods.
The procedure involves surgically removing skin cancer, layer by layer, and examining the tissue under a microscope until healthy, cancer-free tissue around the tumor is reached. This precise method minimizes the chance of cancer regrowth and lessens the likelihood of scarring and disfigurement. Because the Mohs College surgeon is specially trained as a cancer surgeon, pathologist and reconstructive surgeon, Mohs surgery has the highest success rate of all treatments for skin cancer. Mohs also gives patients the best aesthetic results.
At Doctor’s Approach, we know skin cancer and how to treat it. Doctor Street, our founder and medical director, is a board- certified dermatologist and the first African-American female, fellowship trained, Mohs surgeon. Doctor Street is the only fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon in the Lansing area.
What Is A Fellowship-Trained Mohs Surgeon?
The benefits of choosing a fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon are numerous, but you can be assured that you will receive the highest standard of quality and competency, as well as an optimal outcome. Mohs fellowships are awarded to a select few dermatologists each year. Not all dermatologists who say they perform Mohs surgery are actually fellowship- trained Mohs surgeons.
Mohs College fellows undergo one year of extensive, hands-on training directly from highly qualified instructors – and in that time complete more than 1,000 Mohs surgeries. After completing a three-year dermatology residency at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Street went to the University of Wisconsin to complete her Mohs fellowship. At times during her training, she worked directly with Dr. Frederic Mohs.
Doctor Street is trained in Blu-light, or Photodynamic Therapy, for precancerous lesions and was featured on the television show The Doctors discussing this treatment.
Why go anywhere else when you can have the best skin cancer treatment at Doctor’s Approach? If you require skin cancer surgery, you want the best surgeon using the most effective technique to perform the procedure.
At Doctor’s Approach in Okemos, Michigan, Dr. Marcy Street is one of the nation’s top Mohs skin cancer surgeons. Dr. Street has 25 years of experience serving the Lansing area and is the surgeon countless patients have entrusted to treat their skin cancers.
To learn more about how Dr. Street and Mohs surgery can help you beat skin cancer, contact Doctor’s Approach today.