Skin Cancer Screening Service in Hunterdon County
Mohs' Micro Surgery and Skin Cancer Treatments
Mohs' Micrographic Surgery, an advanced treatment procedure for skin cancer, offers the highest potential for recovery, even if the skin cancer has been previously treated. This procedure is state-of-the-art treatment in which the physician serves as surgeon, pathologist and reconstructive surgeon. It relies on the accuracy of a microscope to trace and ensure removal of skin cancer down to its roots.
This procedure allows dermatologists, trained in Mohs' Surgery, to see beyond the visible disease, and to identify and remove the entire tumor, leaving healthy tissue behind. This procedure is most often used in treating two of the most common forms of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.
The cure rate for Mohs' Micrographic Surgery is the highest of all treatments for skin cancer, up to 99 percent even if other forms of treatment have failed. This procedure, the most exact and precise method of tumor removal, minimizes the chance of regrowth and lessens the potential for scarring or disfigurement. Dr. Carter G. Abel is a Board Certified dermatologist and Fellowship-Trained Mohs' Micrographic Surgeon, whose thorough knowledge of the skin and its healing properties helps produce the best cosmetic result possible.
Types of skin cancer:
Actinic Keratosis (pre-cancers)
AK's typically occur on body parts that are most often exposed to the sun. They usually appear as small, pink crusty, scaly papules. Early on, they may come and go. Sometimes they are more easily detected by feel than by sight.
Basal Cell Carcinoma
One of the most common skin cancers, caused by long-term sun exposure. It usually appears as a pink-translucent papule. In addition, basal cell carcinoma sometimes resembles non-cancerous skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common skin cancer after basal cell carcinoma. They usually appear as thick, rough, scaly patches that may bleed easily. They often look like warts and sometimes appear as open sores. The skin around the site may exhibit signs of wrinkling, pigment changes, and loss of elasticity.
Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer. Even so, if diagnosed and removed while it is still thin and limited to the outermost skin layer, it has a rather high cure rate. Once the cancer advances and spreads to other parts of the body, it is hard to treat and can be deadly.
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