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Mohs surgery is a highly effective skin cancer treatment for patients in Encinitas, CA

Mohs Surgery for Skin Cancer in Encinitas CA area
Non-melanoma skin cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the United States. It is estimated that 5.4 million Americans are diagnosed each year with a non-melanoma skin cancer, which includes both basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Mohs surgery is a modern surgical technique for the treatment of skin cancer that has been shown to be highly effective at removing the cancerous cells from your body. Dr. Amanda Lloyd from the Skin & Vein Institute in Encinitas, CA has received extensive training in this procedure and in reconstructing your skin afterwards so you can live worry-free with healthy skin.

Non-melanoma Skin Cancer Types and Causes

There are several types of non-melanoma skin cancer, including:

  • Basal cell carcinoma
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Sebaceous carcinoma
  • Cutaneous B-cell lymphoma
  • Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma
  • Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans
  • Angiosarcoma
  • Merkel cell carcinoma
  • Atypical fibroxamthoma

The most common types are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, which affect different types of skin cells. The primary cause for both of these types of skin cancer is the harmful UV rays from the sun. Therefore, the most important thing to do to protect your skin while living in the sunny San Diego area is to wear a high-quality sunscreen daily that has an SPF of 30 or higher and is broad spectrum, which means that it blocks both UVA and UVB rays.

However, if you are one of the many Americans that have the diagnosis of basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma of the skin, then treatment of that skin cancer lesion is essential so that it doesn’t have the opportunity to spread to your other organs and cause more harm than it should.

Mohs surgery explained

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Mohs micrographic surgery is a special type of surgery done to remove cancers of the skin. It is most commonly used to remove basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas in areas where there is not a lot of extra skin, such as the nose, ears, forehead, and genitals. It is also useful for treating skin cancers that have a high risk of recurring or that have already recurred, or for tumors that have hard-to-define borders or that are particularly aggressive or large.

During Mohs micrographic surgery, the tumor is mapped out and removed layer by layer until the margin is clear. When this type of surgery is performed, as close to 100% of the margin is evaluated as possible. This means that all the sides and the base of the tumor are evaluated to ensure that all of the cancerous cells have been removed. By mapping out the tumor during the Mohs surgery, the patient knows by the end of the procedure that the margins are negative and the tumor is gone. Nothing is absolute in medicine, but the Mohs surgical procedure has a 97-99% cure rate, so it is one of your best options for a possible cure when you’re removing skin cancer.

The procedure itself takes anywhere from two to five hours depending on how aggressive and large the tumor is. The best part about Mohs surgery, however, is knowing that there is a 97-99% chance that the tumor is completely gone after the procedure is over so you can get on with your life.

Reconstruction options after Mohs surgery

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Most Mohs surgeons like Dr. Amanda Lloyd are also specially trained in reconstructing your skin after Mohs surgery. Therefore, after the cancer is fully removed, if you have a defect in your skin, the surgeon can reconstruct your skin in a natural way to give you the best cosmetic appearance possible.

Yes, it is scary to have skin cancer removed! However, Mohs surgery spares the most amount of skin tissue possible and Mohs surgeons like Dr. Amanda Lloyd are specially trained to reconstruct your skin in the most cosmetically pleasing manner.

Schedule your annual skin exam

If you are worried about skin cancer, call Dr. Amanda Lloyd’s office at the Skin & Vein Institute in Encinitas, CA at (760) 642-6674 to schedule an appointment for a skin check. Doing this will provide you with peace of mind knowing that you don’t have any skin cancer. If any cancerous spots are found, Dr. Lloyd and her team will help you all along the way to comprehensively treat it so that you can enjoy your life without worrying about skin cancer.

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