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Skin cancer can affect anyone, at any age, on almost any part of the body.
In some cases, a cancerous tumor may have reached a significant size without treatment, or possibly without being noticed. This is especially true in cases where the patient does not perform regular self-examinations or use the services of a doctor to check their wellbeing.
As the dermatologist Stuart FL trusts, we believe that early detection of skin cancer is imperative to a full recovery.
One a tumor has reached such a size, the traditional method for curing the cancer is to surgically remove the tumor and patch up the area as best as possible. This can leave unsightly scars and may take a while to heal. Further surgery may even be required for cosmetic reasons, as if this happens in an area such as the face, it may have serious implications for the mental health of the patient.
As an alternative to this kind of surgery, Mohs micrographic surgery is available at our dermatology clinic in Stuart FL. We specialize in mole removal, but not all skin cancers are moles. Mohs surgery can help with basal and squamous cell carcinomas – for further information on the different types of skin cancer, please see our skin cancer page.
In standard treatments, healthy skin is often removed or damaged in an effort to remove all traces of the cancer. Mohs micrographic surgery is a multi-stage process, combining the removal of cancerous tissue with a microscopic review.
This review occurs while the surgery is taking place. The diseased tissue is mapped and checked layer by layer, which means that less healthy skin is damaged when removing the tumor as the surgeon is aware of where the tumor is and how it has grown at a microscopic level.
Any cancerous cells that are found in the surrounding tissue are removed which provides the best possible cure rates with the smallest amount of scarring and the best cosmetic and aesthetic results.
This is without doubt the best available treatment for skin cancer that dermatologists in Stuart FL can provide. Our team is friendly and professional, and we’ll always do what we can to make you feel safe and comfortable.
If you have any questions of concerns regarding skin cancer or the ways in which it can be treated, please get in touch with us today. Early detection and appropriate treatment is the best and safest way of ensuring a full recovery from skin cancer, so make sure that you contact us as soon as possible.