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Cancer: Skin Message Board

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Hi, Triple.

Moh's Surgery is a very effective and efficient surgery used to remove skin cancers. It's usually done on the face, where accuracy and the possibility
of scarring are critical. The surgeon removes the cancer layer by layer, doing
an in-office biopsy of each layer of skin as it is removed. He continues removing layers until there is no more cancer in the skin layers he's removing. Moh's has a 98% cure rate for skin cancers - once it's gone, it's gone. Because just the necessary amount of skin is removed - nothing extra - scarring and disfigurement from the surgery is minimal. It is very time consuming, because you have to wait in the surgery for each layer of skin removed to be biopsied. I had a one stage Moh's to remove a bcc on my nose. Another writer on this list, Sudo, had a 5 stage Moh's to remove her
bcc. It just depends on how deep your cancer goes. It's usually just done on facial skin cancers.

Hope this helps!

Ruth Ann

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