The Mohs Procedure

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Step 1
Skin cancers often extend beyond their visible borders. It is these extensions that cause the tumors to recur if not completely removed.

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Step 2
Like other surgical procedures, Mohs surgery first removes the visible tumor.

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Step 3
A thin layer of normal tissue is removed, mapped and evaluated by the surgeon with a microscope.

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Step 4
Additional layers may then be taken precisely in the areas of remaining cancer until the tumor is completely removed.

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Step 5
Mohs surgery is the only method that ensures all of the tumor is removed while preserving the maximum amount of healthy tissue and therefore minimizing scars and cancer recurrence.

Watch a Video of the Mohs Procedure

Mohs Surgeons are Professors of Dermatology of the Department of Dermatology of the Alpert Medical School