Usually it is their partner or significant other who makes the appointment and gets them in front of a dermatologist. However, this is not ideal as recent studies from SkinCancer.org illuminates the gender gap that exists amongst patients diagnosed with basal cell carcinomas.
Basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas are the two most common types of skin cancer among patients. Mohs micrographic surgery has been recognized as one of the most efficient techniques used for treating basal or squamous cell carcinomas. The procedure is done all in one visit and is segmented into different stages. The procedure is carried out in way that yields the highest cure rate possible, while disturbing the least amount of healthy cells and leaving the patient with the smallest possible scar.
Throughout the surgery, the physician removes one thin layer of skin at a time where it is then examined under a microscope. If cancer cells are seen under the microscope, the physician then removes another layer of skin from the exact spot from where the initial cancer cells were found. This process is repeated until no cancer cells can be seen from the excision site.
Once no cancer cells remain in the excision, the physician is then able to repair the wound and leave the patient with the best possible scar.
Peter Jenkin, MD, FAAD, FRCPC
Dermatology Associates of Seattle
Peter Jenkin, Clinic Director and Board-Certified Dermatologist at Dermatology Associates of Seattle is available for consultation. For scheduling and information, visit us at appointments.dermatology.associates