How is Skin Cancer Treated?
Initial treatment of skin cancers has a success rate greater than 90%. Methods commonly employed to treat skin cancer include excision (surgical removal and stitching), curettage and electrodesiccation (scraping and burning with an electric needle), cryosurgery (freezing), and radiation therapy (“deep x-ray”). The method chosen depends upon several factors, such as the microscopic type of tumor, the location and size of the cancer, as well as a history of treatment failure(recurrent skin cancer). You may have had one or more of these methods of treatment before coming for Mohs Surgery.
The success rate in treating a recurrent skin cancer by the above non-Mohs means is only 50-70%. The success rate for Mohs Surgery, even in treating recurrent lesions, is about 98%. Mohs Surgery is very time consuming and requires a highly trained team of medical personnel. Most skin cancers can be easily and effectively treated by the other methods listed above. Mohs Surgery is reserved for recurrent skin cancers or for primary skin cancers which are difficult to treat initially with other therapies.