As the number of people who are diagnosed with skin cancer increases, it is our goal to provide the most effective treatments. Using Mohs surgery, a specialized technique for skin cancer removal, Dundee Dermatology provides the most effective clinical skin care for Chicago area patients facing a skin cancer diagnosis.
Dr. Tracy Campbell has specialized and advanced training for the treatment of skin cancer with Mohs Surgery. Call us at (847) 851-8888 or request a consultation online for more information.
Mohs Surgery Explained
Mohs surgery is a technique that treats common types of skin cancer. It serves as an alternative to traditional surgical excision. Mohs surgery has the highest cure rate for all forms of skin cancer, but it is most commonly used for basal cell carcinoma which is the most common form of skin cancer. This procedure involves removing layers of skin and analyzing each layer under a microscope to check for the presence of skin cancer cells.
Those who are most at risk for skin cancer include:
- Individuals with fair skin who burn easily
- People who regularly use tanning devices or sunbathe
- Anyone with a family history of skin cancer
Skin cancer is preventable and can be treated effectively by a dermatologist near Chicago when detected early. As a precaution, women and men should actively protect their skin with the use of sun blocks or hats. It is important to understand the different types of skin cancer and ways to prevent them. There are 3 major types of skin cancer, including:
- Basal Cell Cancer: This is the most common form of skin cancer. Usually it does not spread to other areas of the body. Treatment is effective when begun early.
- Squamous Cell Cancer: This is the second most common form of skin cancer. Particularly when this type of cancer is not detected soon enough, it can spread to the lymph glands or other areas of the body.
- Melanoma: This is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. Early detection is crucial for this type of cancer.
Mohs surgery is performed under local anesthesia. Tissue is taken from the cancer site, and after the tissue is removed, it is mapped and processed to ensure that all of the surgical margins are evaluated. This process is continued until the root of the skin cancer is completely removed. After the tumor is excised, the area is closed using a flap, graft, or by allowing the treatment area to heal on its own.
Skin cancer is a serious concern and affects hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. We have the experience and knowledge to help educate and treat you for your various skincare needs in Chicago. If you would like to learn more about Mohs surgery, please contact us.