Why Baton Rouge Skin Cancer Patients Need Mohs
In the wake of a generation that worshipped the sun, and sought out a “healthy glow” by any means necessary, we find ourselves facing a nationwide epidemic. Skin cancer rates have skyrocketed by 300 percent since 1994, making it now the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Americans. The days of indoor tanning and slathering on baby oil have all led us down a very frightening and dangerous path.
Among skin cancers, there are three primary types. The rarest, although increasing, diagnosis is that of malignant melanoma. The most deadly of skin cancers, melanoma is expected to claim over 10,000 lives this year. Even still, it accounts for less than 1 percent of all skin cancer diagnoses. Far more common are basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). And while these cancers progress more slowly and are less frequently life-threatening, it is still vital to treat them early and as efficiently as possible for patients to have the best outcome.
When it comes to treatment of BCC or SCC, Mohs surgery is unparalleled, and increasingly, is gaining favor for removal of melanomas as well. Originally developed in the 1930s, the Mohs technique has gained momentum and been refined by skilled dermatologists to now offer the highest cure rate among any skin cancer treatment. In fact, the cure rate for BCC or SCC cancers treated with Mohs is typically in excess of 98 percent.
How Does Mohs Work?
Mohs micrographic surgery involves the fastidious removal of the cancerous tissue, layer by layer. Each layer is then examined under a microscope, until it has been determined that only healthy tissue remains, otherwise known as clear margins. The benefits are numerous. The onsite examination guarantees complete removal of the cancerous tissue. It also minimizes the loss of healthy tissue, thereby reducing scarring and promoting quicker healing.
Where can I get Mohs?
While a dermatologist is easy to find, locating one who is a fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon is more difficult. The procedure is intricate and requires a great amount of skill. How then can a patient determine their physician’s own level of expertise? Fellowship training is not required in order to perform Mohs, but doctors who are fellowship-trained have more experience and expertise in the Mohs procedure. Seek out a doctor who has received fellowship training in Mohs surgery. These physicians undergo extensive, additional training of 1 to 2 years following board certification. They not only understand the process better, but they are capable of delivering the best results to ensure minimal scarring and complete removal of the cancer.
Dr. Chad Prather is the only dermatology board-certified, fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon in Baton Rouge and Lafayette. For local patients, there are no more capable hands to be in in the event of a skin cancer diagnosis. To schedule an appointment, click here, or call our office directly at (225) 303-9500.